Boing Boing has a great blurb on using the absentee ballot as a way of avoiding the flaw-riddled fiasco that masquerades as electronic voting in far too many American jurisdictions. Is it possible that we could have a system of collecting votes that is based on the laughable principle of security through obscurity? Not just possible, pervasive.
I happen to be going on a business trip which will keep me out of state on Election Day, so I voted by absentee ballot this very evening, as luck would have it. I note that the Code of Virginia, §24.2-700 states, in part, that any registered voter who meets the following qualification may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are qualified to vote:
Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation, will be at his place of work and commuting to and from his home to his place of work for eleven or more hours of the thirteen that the polls are open (6:00 AM to 7:00 PM).
(For many Virginia voters who commute to Washington, and work a standard day of 8.5-9 hours, this is a trivially low qualification, given the state of Beltway traffic.) I also note that rescheduling one’s work away from one day and into another is a perfectly reasonable, regular, and orderly conduct of business in which we all engage daily. The absentee ballot application merely requires that you certify that you “will be working and commuting on election day from ___AM until ___PM,” and that you indicate your place of employment. (Of course you must also certify that you will not vote in any other place in that election, duh.)
Therefore, if you’re a Virginia voter whose district is plagued by the new wave of proprietary, unaudited, and unauditable electronic voting terminals, I recommend you consider voting as an absentee.
You still have time to request an absentee ballot.