The plan is to allow serving troops and ex-patriots to vote using a "secure" system in the 2004 general election, but only if they meet certain criteria. First, it is only open to users whose homes are in South Carolina or Hawaii or in a handful of counties in Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah or Washington. Second, voters must use a computer running Microsoft's Windows operating system ("for security reasons").
Of course, the big issue is security, and there are significant concerns about whether it can be maintained for such a significant endeavor, especially in the light of the uproar over the 2000 election results, and the importance of absentee ballots in same.
It will be an interesting experiment, and no-doubt controversial, much as it already is with privacy groups, security groups, and voting groups all arguing for and against the idea.