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On Friday, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences member Don Murphy posted on Facebook that he had sent in his Oscar ballot, "signed sealed and delivered." Why not use the brand-new electronic voting system? "Too much work," was his reply. The Academy took a calculated risk pulling the Oscar voters into the digital age via online voting and they have been naive about it. Not only did they ask Academy voters to see the year's movies in a shortened time frame--their votes are due by January 3 this year-- but to file their electronic ballots early in case there were any problems. Sure enough, whoever designed the electronic ballot did so not only with complex hacker-prevention passwords that have bedeviled some of the Academy's 5700 members--the average age of the Academy voter is 58--it also doesn't work with Mac browser Safari. Some Academy members who are not Luddites still had to call the 24-hour help hotline, »

- Anne Thompson

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