Voting Software

What is Voting Software?

Voting software refers to the programs used by small as well as large scale voting operations in both the public (official government) and private (corporate / organizational) spheres to facilitate and improve the voting process. Voting programs have been increasingly used by American state and local governments in official elections over the past few years. Voting programs, though by no means perfect, generally reduces the possibility and occurence of human errors in running elective processes and tallying votes. One of the facts driving the use of voting software is that a well-designed computing machine will make less computational errors over time than a living human. Meanwhile, proponents of voting software argue that it can increase the speed and fluidity with which large groups of people vote and have their input counted and presented.

The Various Types

Voting software can be installed on either regular desktops or laptop computers, or specifically designed for use in special voting machines that serve no other function than to collect, organize, protect and display data regarding voting processes. The use of personal computers with voting programs installed on them is more likely to be seen in corporate and private organization settings, whereas specially designed voting machines running unique voting programs are most often seen in offical state elections such as those deciding the president of the United States or the leaders of lesser state offices.

Voting software is, of course, fallible. Like other electronic devices, voting machines and especially personal computers outfitted with voting software, are subject to hardware failures, physical destruction, electromagnetic disruptions, or certain kinds of tampering. Of course, designers of voting machines and voting programs take every possible precaution to guard against such interference, there does not yet exist any absolutely fail-proof computing system, making electronic voting systems, to some debatable extent, imperfect. Nevertheless, electronic voting systems and their embedded voting programs have won both notice and acclaim in recent years for their ability to speed voting lines through limited spaces, handle massive amounts of critical data with very low rates of error, and increase overall voter confidence in the legal voting system designed to translate their intentions into political realities.

Diverse Applications

Voting programs have, lately, begun to crop up rapidly throughout the world of mobile devices, just as they did, previously, in more simplistic forms on any internet platform allowing users to answer poll questions and participate in online surveys. It is now basic good internet form to solicit visitors' input on everything from the appearance and design of the site itself to the quality of products it offers, to the basic ideas it explores. Basic internet voting programs, such as those used throughout these informal forums of common opinion registering are usually less secure and closely monitored as the official voting software used to determine the outcomes of legal elections, but they perform the same basic functions as their official cousins.