Electronic Voting Machines Invite Tampering
Persuasive Speech Outline
Voting Machines Should Not Be Used
Attention Getter: Imagine yourself going to the polls and casting your vote for your favorite politician on an electronic voting machine also known as e-voting. You get to the machine where you’re planning to cast your vote, but it turns out that the machine you are using can get hacked under two minutes. This leads to the following question: Why has the government not taken action to improve or remove e-voting?
Relevance: According to Alice B. Lloyd, after Russia interfered with the 2016 election, congress approved a $380 million budget to improve electronic voting machine systems.
I want to persuade you to begin spreading the word about the flaws of e-voting and make your voice be heard among your community.
Overview: Today, I am going to talk to you about the flaws of e-voting including: lack of accuracy, possibility of error, and hacking; and I will give you some solutions you can take to protect voters and their voice in society.
Transition: The question regarding how safe voting machines are, brings up an ethical analysis.
Voting machines have lost votes and electronic failure.
Transition: How can you solve this problem?
We can solve this issue by raising awareness about the flaws and failures in an e-voting system within our local community is a good way to make sure people’s voice are being heard in our democracy.
Transition: After discussing multiple solutions, I want to let you know about the future outcome of voting machines.
The 2018 Midterm Elections was the first to exceed voter turnout because over 100 million people voted. The number of voters may increase in the next election; therefore, our government should start improving the electronic voting machine system so we can have a fair and accurate election that represents the voice of the people. We cannot underestimate the amount of power voters have on their hands.
Transition: In conclusion,
- Summary: Voting machines lack accuracy
- Action: You should feel responsible to stand up for your constitutional right
- Final Sentence: Hopefully you have now understood the importance of removing voting machines because not only are you making yourself be heard ,but as well as for future voters.
Thank you for listening.
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