Computer voting systems cannot replace traditional voting.
The lecturer opposed the idea of replacing traditional voting with computerized voting systems because of 3 reasons. Firstly, even if sometimes traditional voting causes people to vote for the wrong candidate, people who don’t know how to use computers run into problems or are discouraged from voting completely. This refutes the point in the reading passage about computer voting being easier because they can just touch the screen. Secondly, human counting errors are much less harmful than ones made by computer programs. Computers are still created by humans and can sometimes not register votes or delete a massive amount of them. The most humans can do is miss a few ballots. If a major counting mistake is made, since the votes aren't registered physically, recounting can be impossible. Finally, the lecture refutes the point in the passage about people trusting computer systems in banking and communication. Those systems have failed again and again, recently being perfected into being secure and accurate. Consequently, because voting isn't an everyday occurrence, it will take a lot of time and patience to perfect the voting technology. In conclusion, the lecturer argues that not everyone knows how to use computers, computerized systems may make counting blunders and traditional voting is more reliable at the present. These are the reasons why people aren't completely ready for advancing the voting systems.
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