Voting online in elections: Why isn't everybody doing it?


This week WikiTribune is working on this draft story: Why aren’t we all voting online? Estonia became the world’s first country to give its citizens the choice of voting from their home online in parliamentary elections, in 2007 (Wired). Since then remote e-voting has scarcely been adopted, but why?

This article will explore:

  • How secure is voting in elections online from home? Is it any less secure than e-voting at a polling station, paper ballots or voting by mail?
  • Who advocates countries adopt remote e-voting? Who is against countries adopting remote e-voting?
  • How secure is Estonia’s remote e-voting system?
  • If remote e-voting were adopted, what effect would it have on voter turnout?
  • Can remote e-voting be done securely without national identity cards?
  • Is e-voting or remote e-voting cheaper than a paper ballot system?
  • Which countries are likely to adopt or drop remote e-voting soon?
  • Should voting software be open sourced to facilitate exhaustive review and prevent possible corporate influence via manipulation of a closed source system like we have now?

Secured interviews

  • Prof Steve Schneider, director of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, and associate dean
  • Matthew Rice, Scotland director of Open Rights Group

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