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Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, and although the mostly state and local races won’t stir the same passions as next year’s presidential contest, millions of people will cast ballots.

They’ll do it in much the same way that Americans have for centuries: by showing up at a polling place and ticking off boxes for their candidates of choice.

All of which raises the question: In an era when virtually every daily task can be done on the Internet, why can’t we vote online, too?

The answer depends on whom you ask.

Advocates say the time is right to seriously consider letting voters cast a ballot from the comfort of their homes or even on the screens of their mobile phones.

“We’ve voted the way we have for the past 200 years because we couldn’t do any better than that,” said Rob Weber, a former IT professional at IBM who runs the blog Cyber the Vote. “Now, we have this technology that has revolutionized the rest of our lives … (and) can revolutionize our voting system and could revolutionize our political system.”


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