We all know the importance of voting. It is an essential human right that represents the essence of a democratic society in the time we live in. One vote can make a difference between right and wrong and change everything for the individual or for an entire country.
In the technologically advanced world of today even voting has become something that machines can manage. Humans have long fought and died for the right and the privilege to vote, but now it is a commodity afforded by any person that has reached the legal age to vote. This means that the votes of many more people are supposed to decide the future of a nation or to back a decision, making the process longer and a bit more complicated.
Electronic voting has been introduced in order to simplify things and speed up the whole process, while delivering a correct and accurate final result, without the problem of human error interfering. E-voting allows men and women to cast their vote and, in the end, counts all the votes and returns a final result.
The most advanced piece of technology for managing electronic votes is the direct recording electronic voting machine. Known to many around the elections by the name of the DRE voting machine, this electronic device permits voters to pass their decision onto a piece of technology that is capable of responding to a human’s touch.
The direct recording e-voting system records and send votes to a centralized location where the cast votes are processed and add up from other machines placed all over the country. Data is processed using a very strictly coded and correct computer program that keeps things very accurate, without any chance of mistake.
The first direct recording e-voting was made in Brazil in the mid-90s, and in 2004 statistics showed that almost 30% of the US population used the system.