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Should we start using biometrics for voting?

Old 10-28-04, 11:15 AM
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Should we start using biometrics for voting?

Or would that usher in too much of a Big Brother atmosphere since it would mean there would have to be an integrated national DB containing the info
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Old 10-28-04, 11:24 AM
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I'm afraid I don't really understand the question.
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Old 10-28-04, 11:31 AM
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The Gov't is starting to incorporate biometrics (fingerprints I believe) into passports to give an extra measure of protection in showing that the person on the form is actually the person in front you. Should we use the same sort of system for voting? It could be something as simple as when you vote you put your thumbprint on the ballot for accountability. Alternatively it could be something as fancy as iris/face scan before getting the ballot. Everything would tie back to a central computer (or be coalated later) to eliminate those people who were trying to vote multiple times or submit fraudulant ballots. Granted it just addresses that issue wrt voter fraud (so it doesn't address the issues of intimidation for example since people would have to get to the polls).
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Old 10-28-04, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for the response. I was thinking it was something like tailoring the voting process to each person's physical characteristics or something - punchcards for some people, computer touch screens for others...

To answer your real question, I'd prefer if each state handled this on their own, personally.
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Old 10-28-04, 11:39 AM
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I believe someday this will happen. But not anytime soon. It would be incredibly expensive to implement at this point and the technology is not in place to have a infrastructure to check a database of 200+ million fingerprints instantly.
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Old 10-28-04, 11:49 AM
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That ought to thrill the libertarians.
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Old 10-28-04, 11:50 AM
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To answer your real question, I'd prefer if each state handled this on their own, personally.
but that won't fix the problem of people voting in multiple states
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Old 10-28-04, 11:52 AM
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That ought to thrill the libertarians.
Yep it's certainly not my ideal solution but it seems to be coming down to a trade off...
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Great - there will be someone driving a bag full of fingers or eyeballs around to vote, no matter what the weather
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Old 10-28-04, 01:07 PM
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Sure, Iím all for biometrics, I use it on my own PC here at home. Iím also for a national citizen ID card instead of state ID cards.
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