What new options (or variants on existing options) do electronic voting systems enable?


How can electronic voting systems be made more secure?


What are the operational implications of the voter-verified paper audit trail?


What special data collection requirements are associated with auditing elections conducted with electronic voting systems?


What are the costs and benefits of open standards that could facilitate the design of interoperable components for electronic voting systems?


What are the implications, for security and otherwise, of using multipurpose hardware for voting purposes?


What would be the desirability and content of a model election code to govern elections undertaken with electronic voting systems?


How and to what extent have notions of voter privacy and secrecy changed over time and with the introduction of new voting technologies?


How and to what extent is secure absentee voter registration feasible?


In developing this report, the committee took note of the significant emotion and passion felt by all participants in the public debate about electronic voting. Although such passion and emotion are often regarded as impediments to a reasoned and thoughtful public debate, the committee believes that these passions reflect—at heart—a very emotional and gut-level commitment to the notion of democracy. One can—and people do—take issue with various arguments about technology or organization, but on balance, the committee believes that the nation is much better served by passionate engagement than by dispassionate apathy, and so the passions expressed by the various participants on all sides of the debate are to be commended rather than disparaged. The committee further hopes that the questions that it has articulated in this report can help the nation overcome political and technological barriers that may impede the improvement of its election systems in the future.

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