Cybervoting virtually here, NSF says

Cybervoting virtually here, NSF says

An Internet voting system based at polling sites could be fielded within the next several election cycles, according to a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The study, conducted by the University of Maryland and the Freedom Forum and published by the Internet Policy Institute, noted that security and fraud concerns remain unresolved.

If successful, a poll-site system could be easily expanded to kiosk sites, the study noted. Both poll-site Internet terminals and kiosks could be controlled by election officials, the study said.

But remote Internet voting'in which people vote from home or other unofficial locations'could pose significant risks to the integrity of the process and should not be tried until myriad technical and social concerns are addressed, the study said.

Meanwhile, a new survey found broad support for modernizing voting technology but mixed results on Internet voting. The poll, released by the Information Technology Association of America and Unisys Corp., found 69 percent of respondents feel new technologies would make voting more accurate; 61 percent approve of spending tax dollars for modernization.

The poll found 71 percent want Web sites used to provide election information. Only 39 percent support voting on the Web. But 60 percent of those ages 18 to 24 support cybervoting.

'T.L. Orr

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