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Why aren't we voting online?

One computer science professor says there are too many uncertain variables with our current internet structure to try voting online.
"Today, we simply don't have technology that allows us to gain any meaningful assurance that all of those phones and computers are operating without malware, without tampering," says Dan Wallach, computer science professor at Rice University.
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Estonia proves trust is at the heart of online voting

Nov 2, 2020
And, for the country's citizens, 99% of public services happen online. Voting was added to that list in 2005.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many Americans to vote early, the idea of casting ballots online has become an attractive possibility. The small European nation of Estonia has proved it's possible, but how feasible is it for the U.S.?
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Are political betting odds for the 2020 election more accurate than the polls?

Oct 30, 2020
There are record numbers of bets being placed around the world on who will win the White House.
One bookmaker estimates bets placed in 2020 are more than double what was spent in 2016.
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Why upgrading voting machines is important for election integrity

High costs can prevent states from upgrading voting equipment, which can lead to security and reliability issues.
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The complicated history of voting technology

Oct 30, 2020
MIT professor Charles Stewart III reflects on how technology both improved voting security and created new election fears.
Punch card ballots and their "hanging chads" caused a headache in the 2000 election.
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Businesses encourage the U.S. to trust the election process

Oct 29, 2020
Major business groups have penned a letter urging Americans to be patient as votes are counted.
Workers board up the entrance of an office building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2020. Delayed election results could lead to damaged retail storefronts and other infrastructure if violence or protests break out.
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Lower-income voters less confident in accurate count, poll finds

Oct 29, 2020
The latest data from the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll shows confidence in vote count reflects voters' income.
A man casts his ballot at an early voting center in Washington, D.C.
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Who pays for election recounts?

Oct 28, 2020
Rules vary by state in terms of whether taxpayers or candidates have to foot the bill for a recount in a close race.
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Pandemic economy, relief factor heavily in second Trump-Biden debate

Oct 23, 2020
The presidential race has been dominated by Trump's response to the pandemic and its economic fallout.
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Oil and gas companies are donating more to Democrats

Oil and gas companies are trying to protect their interests if Biden wins.
Oil and gas companies are increasing their share of campaign donations to Democrats this year. Still, 85% of that industry's donations have gone to President Trump’s campaign or to Republican candidates and conservative causes.
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