Well, don't hold your breath. If the Obamacare rollout is any indication, the old-fashioned polling place will be with us for years to come.
Here we are, weeks into Obamacare's initial offering and the computerized system set up to enable people to register and shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been, to put it charitably, a nightmare.
As many have already observed, President Barack Obama and his supposed brain trust owe the Republicans big time. If Republicans had refrained from using Obamacare as a pretext for trying to demolish the federal government, choosing instead to play possum and let the ACA's cookie crumble by itself, they might be enjoying a sunnier relationship with public opinion than they do today.
But shutting down the government and precipitating an economic crisis was too tempting. The Tea Party wing of the GOP isn't about improving our government, they want to change it. So, for them, what started out being about Obamacare, quickly turned into a fight over their real crush: defunding the federal government.
The result? Obamacare got what amounted to a soft launch. News was dominated by the government shutdown and debt crisis, which kept the media from obsessing about how poorly HeathCare.gov was working.
You'd think by now they'd have worked out the kinks. But stories continue to pile up about people having to make repeated trips to the website, of being told they are registered, but being unable to shop for health insurance options. Some insurers could be unclear about who may or may not have ordered their products.
This is terrible. And not because it embarrasses the Obama administration, but because of how it gets in the way of enabling Americans to finally disentangle what should be a right to decent healthcare from the luck of having and holding a job with benefits.
How could Obama, the supposedly great community organizer, have allowed this to happen?
I have a theory, and it turns on our increasing dependence on technology. If ever there was an opportunity for this country to engage in a community-building exercise, it was the creation of a new health insurance marketplace. Once upon a time, we would have held town meetings and sent trained representatives door-to-door, like census takers, to help people get signed up and figure out what their options were. Such a process would have been laborious; it might have taken a year or more.
But it has taken the geniuses at CGI Federal, the contractors responsible for HeathCare.gov's architecture, three years to give us the fitful website we have now. Instead of community, millions of Americans find themselves sitting alone, their faces awash in screen light, hoping against hope that, this time, the damn program will work.
Imagine if this happened the first time we tried online voting. We'd have to call in the Supreme Court - and you know how that turned out.
Have you ever wished you could vote online, avoid the hassle of hauling yourself down to a polling place?