i mean it is dead in multiple ways simultaneously, each of which is sufficient alone – it gives me pain to see people talking about voting with straight faces – fixing imperfections on a long dead corpse.
setting aside candidate filtering, discourse framing, and plain out-right ignoring of evidence and complete refusal to investigate and prosecute – which are all perfectly sufficient to declare any electoral system dead, there still remains the cybersec aspect which independently and also completely kills the elections.
You can not have anonymity and verifiability at the same time – it is a mathematical fact, you can not “reason” it out nor work it around with any amount of effort. It is like gravity or conservation of energy.
What people traditionally do to maintain some semblance of veracity of anon ballots? They establish “chain of custody” – a long procedure that theoretically keeps all ballots observable by anyone at any given time. (Ah! this property is no longer true… well, that means your elections have never been real.)
The veracity of ballots that are themselves unverifiable relies totally on the PROCEDURE: how they were handled during the entire cycle at any given moment without gaps.
The moment you introduce a computer into this procedure, the chain of custody immediately and irrepairably snaps.
A computer is a blackbox.
Your ballots all of them instantaneously become fake.
period. full stop.
Talking about “russian/chinese hackers” after that, only reveals hopeless stupidity of the “we the people”.