Illustration for article titled Will your ballot still be secret in 2020?

Now that the dust has settled on the 2012 election, it's time to look forward — to the election of 2020. Fox News talked to a bunch of futurists about what elections are likely to look like eight years from now, including the idea of receiving your ballot via the Internet. The most interesting comments pretty much came from Daniel Abraham, author of the Dagger and the Coin series and one-half of James S.A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes.


Among other things, Abraham says that votes probably won't be private any longer in 2020:

As we get more sophisticated electronic voting, that the idea of a secret ballot is going to come under question. Verifying that electronic and Internet-based voting is actually recording the right information is going to make secrecy a luxury.


He also says politicians will use brain scans and more sophisticated demographic information to target ads specifically to your brainwaves:

The more we learn about brain function, the more we're going to be able to tailor political messages to how people's brains work... With the data profiles we're already building based on individual people's habits and behaviors, correlating that with brain function could lead to individually tailored political ads: ‘Kathy, we know how important motherhood is to you. Here is what *our* health care reform will mean for your daughter, Susie, and her kidney problem.'

Check out the rest over at Fox News.

Image via Sean MacEntee on Flickr.


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