Electronic voting should not frighten us

Online voting offers numerous advantages, including accurate election counts, increased voter participation, reduced costs and environmental impact compared to paper ballots, and the ability to ensure security, anonymity, and respect for voter privacy. Electronic voting does not threaten democracy but represents an innovative opportunity to be embraced.

Online voting, or the process of casting one’s vote using the Internet, can be a hostile topic that frightens some people. However, there are multiple reasons why electronic voting should not be a cause for concern, but rather be seen as an opportunity to be seized to improve the election process.

Reliable, zero-risk electronic voting

First, digital voting can increase the reliability and accuracy of election results. Unlike paper ballots, the technology behind internet voting counts votes accurately and quickly, zeroing in on human error. Think, for example, of those complex elections and votes that use weighted voting, that is, a different weighting of eligible voters according to predetermined weighting indexes. Automating counting thus means that voting results can be announced much faster and more accurately.

Second, electronic and online voting are effective ways to increase voter participation: giving people the ability to vote from the comfort of their homes or cell phones, without having to stand in long lines at the polls or face the cost and time required to get to the polling place improves the representativeness and legitimacy of voting itself.

Internet voting: a safe and green choice

In addition, electronic and online voting by definition reduces the cost and environmental impact of elections. Using paper ballots requires a large amount of natural resources, such as wood and water, for their production, as well as generating a large amount of waste. Digital voting, on the other hand, requires only an internet connection.

Finally, it is important to emphasize how Internet voting can be made secure, anonymous, and respectful of privacy and voter data through the adoption of appropriate cybersecurity measures, encryption, and multiple verifications.

For all the advantages listed above electronic and online voting are not a threat to democracy, but an efficient and secure solution that ensures the reliability and participation of elections-an unprecedented innovative potential not to be feared but embraced.