What voting will look like in the future: CNET News Video
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From e-voting to apps that let you report irregularities at the booths, CNET's Sumi Das shares expert insights on what voting will look like in the next few years.
-In this era of mobile devices and cloud computing, voting is a rare hold out, which unlike banking and shopping hasn't migrated to the internet. Some say it's only a matter of time before all Americans cast ballots online. We're seeing it in all the parts of the world. Estonia is allowing citizens to vote online and States are starting to experiment with voting online. The Unions are allowing their members to vote online. The technology is getting smarter as the security is getting better. -Besides the potential benefits including increased deficiency, greater ballot counting accuracy and higher vote turnout, voting technology could improve civic engagement, but online voting must first overcome very valid concerns; how do you prevent hacking and fraud. -If someone takes money out of your bank and the banks have formally put the money back, you know. I mean banks have-- have insurance or self-insured if processes in place. But if an election is hacked, we don't really have a way to undo it. -While we may not be voting online anytime soon, there are ways technology is changing the voting experience. Myfairelection.com lets you report on conditions at your polling location like irregularities or broken machines. At turbovote.com, you can register to vote and receive reminders via text or e-mail on Election Day. It will take more than sophisticated security software and clever apps to change a century's old voting process. But greater voting engagement is a big win no matter what your political leanings. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Daas cnet.com for CBS News.