When it comes to voting do any of us really trust machines? We’ve seen so many hacker incidents in the global media, not to mention our own email and Facebook pages, that we don’t really trust our votes not to be tampered with if made electronically. The 85th Annual Academy Awards tried to upgrade their voting system to e-voting this year but has met with nothing but problems. Usually voting for the awards is done via the post. This year, there was a choice of posting the vote traditionally, or voting online. Many users found that they had more trouble trying to get their votes cast online that they would trying to perform an online banking transfer.
Reportedly not one, but two security codes were required to make a vote, often with one of the codes being rejected.
Considering there are 6,000 Academy members who vote for the Oscars, this means trouble.
The whole thing reminds us of the tomfoolery here in Ireland when the government spent a whopping €54.6 million buying, storing and scrapping electronic balloting machines.
The Academy Awards committee have added an extra date to cast votes due to the technical glitches. The ceremony is set to take place on February 24.