The following article appeared in Constitution.com on September 26th
By Andrew West
In America, few things are as sacred as our right to vote.
In fact, I can only think of a few pieces of the American pie that are quite as savory. The First Amendment certainly comes to mind, as it is truly the basis for everything else that we as a nation have accomplished. The Second Amendment is also up there, simply for being our nation’s insurance policy against the sort of tyranny that political correctness and fascism bring with them.
But voting is unique, still. By allowing every of-age American the right to vote, we have guaranteed ourselves an opportunity to figuratively eviscerate those in power who would otherwise have us under their thumb. We can refute and rebuke those who would use our country as a personal piggy bank, or worse, those who would diminish our sovereignty in order to promote the globalist agenda.
What we must be truly careful of, especially in this new digital age, are the instances in which our votes could become compromised by the unnecessary addition of technological convenience. This is something that West Virginians are growing ever more weary of.
For the first time in our nation’s history, voters in 24 counties in W. Virginia will be able to vote using their mobile phones. While some are hailing the decision because it will make voting easier for members of the military deployed overseas, experts are warning of possible security breaches.
“After researching previously available options, the Secretary’s team identified that most electronic ballot delivery technology required access to a desktop computer, printer and scanner, all of which present significant barriers to overseas voters, especially those in combat zones or engaged in covert operations,” the W. Virginia Secretary of State’s office explained in a press release this week. The state is partnering with a Boston, Massachusetts-based company called Voatz, Inc.
Concerns abound in the world of electronic voting already, with Diebold machines and other devices having been shown to be impossible to fully secure. This has led some counties around the nation to return to paper ballots for the coming midterms, citing the possibility of electronic interference.
What protections will the new Voatz system have? And will it be considered more or less secure than the previously demonized machines?
For me, I’m still a firm believer in the idea that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sign me up for the pencil and paper, thank you very much.