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One thing keeps us from voting with our smartphones

One thing keeps us from voting with our smartphones
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Just think of all the things you accomplish with your smartphone: communicate, navigate, shop, make appointments, photograph - you get the idea. But there's one thing we still don't do with smartphones, even though the technology would be so easy - and it would streamline our lives.

Wouldn't you love to bypass the voting booth and just cast your ballot with your smartphone?

As we hit a big midterm election, many of us are ready to bring voting into the 21st century. But experts say it's not time yet to go all-in with Internet voting.

Looking for your local voting place? Click here to find out where you can cast a ballot on Tuesday.

Internet voting via your smartphone is "completely not ready for prime time," said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He says security of electronic voting has not been resolved. Reliability is also a big issue.

According to Dan Wallach, an expert on electronic voting system and professor of computer science at Rice University, no Internet voting systems are secure.

"It turns out to be really hard to build a network system that's hard to break into," Wallach says. JPMorgan, Target and Home Depot have learned that lesson, and they have far more money and expertise available to them than local election officials, he says.

Despite that, about 3 million people will be eligible to vote online this Tuesday - mostly members of the military deployed overseas.

Next page: Find out how secure Internet voting really is
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