Voting Technology Project

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going: Project Update

Date Published: 
01/01/2003
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
Americans are proud of their democracy. But the controversy over the Florida election recount revealed profound flaws in the way we vote. Immediately after the 2000 election, the smooth transition of government, a hallmark of American democracy, seemed to hang on the workings of antiquated computer technology -- the punch card. Even more profoundly, the 2000 and 2002 elections both revealed that the electoral process itself is evolving due to the impact of new information technologies, especially computer literacy and accessibility.

Bridging Science, Technology, and Politics in Election Systems

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Erik Antonsson
Journal: 
The Bridge
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Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Shortly after the tumult of the evening of November 7 and the morning of November 8, 2000, the presidents of Caltech and MIT challenged us to solve the technological problems that had arisen in the election, especially with the punch-card voting systems that were widely disparaged after Florida’s presidential contest. Our initial research team spanned the continent and involved two campuses with different research and administrative cultures.
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