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I voted today for among others governor of Virginia.  I was greeted by a demo of a new voting machine when I arrived at the polling place.  Apparently, they're testing a completely computerized system.  Right now they only have one machine and a whole bunch of ones with punch cards, but next year they're going to be all computerized.

I didn't notice it until I told the pollster my name and said I was going to use the electronic one (it was an option but of course I'm going to use the new gadget).  She grabbed a little device, slipped a card inside it, punched some numbers, and then removed the card.  Immediately I recognized the card as an RFID card and the device was a tag writer.  Way cool!

Some will likely point out that this can probably be a huge privacy issue.  I suspect that they are using the technology to tie voter numbers to ballots.  There are a lot of people up in arms about privacy for RFID -- for example, with passports.  I don't subscribe to that paranoia, but I do recognize the possibility of the abuse.  Anyway, I thought it was neat.

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 2:32 PM | Back to top

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