America Needs a New Voting System

The American Electoral System has been ranked among the worst in the world by Russia’s Central Election Commission chief. The most prominent problem with the US electoral system is the lack of transparency, Vladimir Churov told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Unnecessarily long lines for Florida voters.

U.S. law permits international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in only a few states. They have access to polls in states that include South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, District of Columbia, and New Mexico. U.S. Governors, in a few states, decide if they will allow international observers. Churov says that some states that must allow them to observe their polling stations can barr them. He says that this lack of transparency could lead to a corrupt voting system.

“American voting machines have not been designed to provide any documentary evidence of citizen participation in the electoral process,” said Curov. “Moreover, operators [of the machinery] are technically capable of adding or dropping votes in favor of one candidate or another, leaving behind no evidence of violations.”

Another critical problem that the committe found was the fact that the electronic voting machines do not provide a receipt to the voter. Therefore, this can lead to easy manipulation of the vote. Many are concerned that these voting machines could be hacked and election results could be vulnerable.

Studies have shown that voting machines can be tampered with for less than $20 and by persons with a limited grade school education. A hacker can change the vote and leave no evidence that he was there.

“Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an eighth grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois,” reported Salon.

The popular belief that the our president will be chosen by every American citizen is untrue. He will be elected by the electoral college which is actually 280 electors. Churov believes that a vulnerable electoral system will not guarantee a democracy.