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­tah Republicans Open Caucuses to Online Voters

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Utah residents this week will be able to cast ballots in the Republican presidential contest using computers, tablets, and smartphones, representing the largest online presidential voting experiment since 2004. Republican voters must complete a separate registration to vote online, and then they are given a personal identification number that will permit them to vote.

The online polls will be open all day Tuesday and will produce a receipt that verifies the correct recording of each participant's vote. "We expect all the jurisdictions across the U.S. to take notice and to look at this experience as something to study and, hopefully, follow," says Smartmatic Group CEO Antonio Mugica, whose company is running the Utah election. He notes Smartmatic has security protocols and backups of the election data in case a recount is needed. E-voting's adoption has been slow over the past two decades, partly due to security issues concerning election integrity.

"The Internet . . . was not built for security when it was built," says Verified Voting president Pamela Smith. "It was built for open communications."

President Barack Obama recently said the Internet should be used to expand voter participation and called on the technology community to determine "how can we create safe, secure, smart systems for people to be able to vote much easier online."

From The Wall Street Journal 
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