At a time when we can see video shot by a robot on Mars, when there are cars that can drive themselves, and when we can deposit checks with our smartphones without going to a bank, why do most people still have to go to a polling place to vote? That’s because, security experts say, letting people vote through their phones or computers could have disastrous consequences. ‘‘I think it’s a terrible idea,’’ said Barbara Simons, a former IBM researcher and coauthor of the book ‘‘Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?’’
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