I suppose you know the format of a television program in which participants compete by dancing, singing, skating, etc. , going through knockout rounds in which a jury determines who advances and who does not. At the end a few, or just a couple of participants arrive and there, the final decision as to who gets the trophy is not made by the jury, but by the «TV audience» through their vote. This voting is done through the text message system that voters send from their mobile phones: one message, one vote. So far, Columbus has discovered America, I know.
Now, why not implement the same system for presidential elections, for example? If instead of having to go to a school, to a police station, to vote, each citizen could cast his vote from his mobile phone, the following consequences would occur:
1. The whole process could be reduced to a couple of hours.
2. There would be no delays in the «count» or «recount» of votes.
3. There would be no fraud (although everything is possible, it is almost impossible to alter thousands or millions of electronic votes and not be detected).
4. All relocation costs would be eliminated.
5. All administrative costs would be eliminated (printing of ballots, ink, refreshments, gasoline vouchers, confection of urns, curtains, and a very long etcetera).
Voting from a mobile phone with a text message, or through an internet connection (from a mobile phone or a pc), does not imply any discovery. It is to use the same device with which one can make a bank transfer of 100 or 100,000 dollars but, instead of moving money, to cast the vote and, with it, precisely, to generate savings not of 100 or 100,000,000, but of millions of dollars.
If you are wondering why this has not been implemented in this or that country, the approach is wrong. As with the energy issue, the question is always, who or whom would be harmed by the implementation of such a thing? For example, ballot papers are not printed alone, but there is a printer behind them. And if they cost 200, but they were billed for 800, how is it that this surcharge was never known, with the Anti-Corruption Ministry and the Ultra Moral Financial Ministry? There’s not much science.
As you can see, scientists and technological advances are out there, but if the «mass» doesn’t do its thing, things don’t move forward. In other words, we are talking about people who, to tell you the truth, spend one dollar to vote, being able to spend only ten cents on the dollar, at most. We’re talking about millions and millions of swindlers who can’t even imagine how enormously they’re being swindled, people who are told in the headlines that «the next vote will cost so much money» and nothing, no reaction. People aged 15, 30, 50, who say they have read, calculate, calculate.