Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea - Computerphile

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Voting is centuries old, why can't we move with the times and use our phones, tablets and computers? Tom Scott lays out why e-voting is such a bad idea.

More from Tom Scott: http://www.youtube.com/user/enyay and https://twitter.com/tomscott


This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

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you know this video is accurate because they animated the usb stick going in the wrong way the first time

3 years ago | [YT] | 2,685


In Argentina's capital, a law passed enabling electronic vote. Hours later, the government website was hacked and it's database compromised.
Frustrating as always

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,327


For people who are making a comparison to electronic banking, please note there is one crucial difference: banking transactions can be individually verified after they are processed. I can fetch my bank statement and verify that all transactions are correct. Of course, the bank could display a wrong statement. But in the end, you can always trace an error and correct/shut down the system. You cannot do this with an electronically cast vote because they are anonymous. So you might not know when your results are manipulated.

10 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 762

Francis Friesen

Yes, soon the ceo of 4chan will be elected president.

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,473


I love how knowing a lot about technology makes you into more of a luddite than people who know very little.

1 year ago | [YT] | 231

Johnathan Wells

Im from Venezuela. We use electronic voting.
The joke tells itself

2 years ago | [YT] | 2,047

Yalkın ÇIRAK

"Attack on physical attacks tale so much effort and 1 person to ruin the conspiracy"

Me: Laughs nervously in Turkey

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 480


3:13 that usb joke was actually pretty amazing.

look at the usb stick

1 year ago | [YT] | 182

Raghunandan Reddy C

4:50 India does that. They literally move the machines to the counting centre. They doesn't have any kind of ports.

1 year ago | [YT] | 25

Raymond Jacobs

This video immediately came to mind, when the Iowa debacle broke.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 17

Shane Killian

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." —Joseph Stalin

4 years ago | [YT] | 2,702

Joshua Ishihara

3:14 I love the USB flip over haha

1 year ago | [YT] | 33


Too many middlemen.
For each level, we have to assume that they're competent and trustworthy.
There's no transparency.

1 year ago | [YT] | 82


the more you know about technology the more you distrust them.

10 months ago | [YT] | 145


Let me add another issue not included on this video

In order to verify and audit the votes being cast in an electronic voting machine, it would have to include recording the date/time of each vote cast (if it’s not doing this, forget it anyhow).

Now, most people these days walk around with a mobile phone which can be tracked to each voting station relatively simply.

Hence, you have the issue of being able to fairly accurately report on each persons vote - and hence all the issues of extortion, bribery etc to influence votes being cast return.

Ditto any bad idea to use online voting from home where the traffic can be tracked back to match voter to vote.

As an IT security professional, I wholly agree with everything in this video - the issues of electronic voting are intractable, and anyone who promises otherwise is attempting voter fraud, or at best, unwittingly enabling it.

Now, don’t get me started on requiring voter id...

1 year ago | [YT] | 186


just use strawpoll for it geez

4 years ago | [YT] | 2,880


Hey, this guy looks a bit like Tom Scott

10 months ago | [YT] | 82


Anyone here after what's going on in Iowa rn

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 6


John Oliver should have featured this in his episode about E-voting

3 months ago | [YT] | 16

Paul Hester

In Ireland we spent a fortune on e voting machines years ago and ended up never using them. It turned into a scandal that was soon forgotten

8 months ago | [YT] | 82