Sokolow, Alan

Alan Sokolow, M.D. is the Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Blue Shield of California. He received a degree in medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor's degree from Pomona College. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Utah and the University of Rochester, and is board certified in internal medicine.

Internet Voting In California?

By Jim Soper
Voting Rights Task Force

Election integrity advocates recently launched a campaign to block a bill, SB908, that would have introduced email voting for Californians living overseas. We fought it for several reasons.

First, paperless voting itself is dangerous because there is no independent way to check the results claimed by the machines, and no way to recover when something goes wrong, and it will. Voting across the Internet is worse, because it opens up the voting system to several more types of attack, from anywhere in the world, all of them dangerous. Voting by email attachment is even worse, because no attempt is made to encrypt the ballot as it travels from computer to computer across the globe on the way to its destination.