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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 03:32 PM
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64. Slow down Internet voting plan (FL)
Votes were cast in Florida's general election at polling sites in Germany, Britain and Japan as part of a small experiment in Internet voting. The pet project of the elections supervisor in Okaloosa County is being touted as a success. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has called for its expansion, but in truth the Internet voting effort was premature and wildly expensive for the relative handful of votes cast.

The Okaloosa Distance Balloting Pilot program was expected to collect 600 or so votes from the international sites, which were selected because of their proximity to large military bases where many Okaloosa residents are stationed. Okaloosa County is home to Eglin Air Force Base.

Voters cast ballots at kiosks on personal computers, and the votes were transmitted over the Internet through a secure line. Voters received a paper verification of their vote, which was dropped into a tamperproof box that was returned to the elections office as a backup.

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