Hi, I'm Jeff Burstein, a product manager on the VIP team.
Today is Super Tuesday, and as a California resident, I went to vote this morning in the primary election. Since this is a blog about identity and trust, let's examine what I needed today to prove my identity to vote: nothing. Do I really look that trustworthy?
I walked into my polling place, went up to the table and told the poll worker my name, which she dutifully looked up in the voter roll and crossed out. No identity check needed, no need to show my ID, check a signature, or any other form of authentication -- just the honor system. (And of course the threat of going to jail for voter fraud!)
For those of us who live and breathe identity and authentication every day this is just unnatural! Of course, there are all sorts of reasons for the lack of strong authentication for voting today, most having to do with budgets, voter turnout, the 24th amendment, and the potential for discrimination. So...