Americans Elect Holds its First Vote… and it’s Broken
Visit Americans Elect’s home page at americanselect.org and you’ll see the 501c4 corporation’s countdown to its first ballot. According to Americans Elect, the nation’s first-ever 50-state online election to nominate a presidential candidate will be held in just 150 days. Is Americans Elect technically prepared to pull this off without a hitch — without getting hacked, without violating voter confidentiality, and verifiably counting every vote?
A good indicator is the voting process Americans Elect is holding right now. This morning I visited the “Shape the Debates” feature at Americans Elect which is supposed to allow registered users to vote up or vote down questions. The questions with the most votes are supposed to be presented to presidential candidates next year.
How is the voting process working at Americans Elect? Watch me try it out in the video below:
I couldn’t get my vote recorded. It’s not a temporary problem; I had the same problem a week ago. It’s not just a matter of the browser I was using (Chrome); the same problem pops up when using Internet Explorer.
Yes, it’s a tiny little detail. But elections are the summation of tiny little details. If Americans Elect can’t get its voting to work now, how is it going to get its voting to work in less than half a year when a presidential nomination is at stake?