Event Recap: How Technology and Entrepreneurship Can Restore Trust in the Voting Process
November 04, 2015
Miller prefaced his discussion with an overview of the current state of voting technology, which he termed “doomed to be obsolete.” Most of today’s voting machines were established by 2005 after the Help America Vote Act was passed. According to Miller, the greatest risks of continuing to use these decade-old machines include increased failures and crashes (which would lead to lost votes and/or longer voting lines) and exposure to hackers due to outdated security standards.
“We are in 2015. In the time that those [voting] machines were introduced [in 2005], you and I have changed our mobile phones at least a couple of times and gotten us however many laptops we’ve gone through,” said Miller. “But the vast majority of America’s voting infrastructure is still using PCs that, when they were introduced in 2005, they weren’t even state of the art.”
The need to update our current standards for voting technology is growing more apparent, and tens of millions of dollars have already been funneled into lobbying efforts to redress voting technology. Miller firmly believes that OSET is on the right track with their TrustTheVote Project, which he describes as “an open, adaptable, flexible, and innovative elections technology platform.”
“So our solution then is to develop publicly owned election technology that is by and for the people to address some of these most pressing issues,” explained Miller. “[This will] lower the cost for acquisition, address those long lines, increase reliability, reduce the recounts, and eliminate the uncertainty. In short, our mission is to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes.”
In describing his vision for a solution, Miller concludes, “There is a very important public policy piece that has to be woven into it, and there is also a little bit on the technology efficacy that has to be woven into it. So [the solution] is going to be interdisciplinary in nature. Because it’s government technology, it’s going to have to involve public policy.”
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