NJ Elections

I have been fielding an inordinate number of calls today about the voting in New Jersey and the use of email for ballot transmissions.  The email balloting solution is not a bad idea — it is something that overseas and military voters have done for some time — but it raises an array of interesting issues.  First, it illustrates the tradeoffs voters are willing to make vis-a-vis privacy/security and access to voting.  Voters will often sacrifice a lot in order to be able to vote.  Second, it illustrates how many modern solutions have digital divide problems; not everyone has email.  Third, it shows my experimentation with electronic ballot delivery and return would be helpful.