Why not use electronic and online voting: Eligo eVoting answers objections

Answers to common objections regarding the use of electronic and online voting. Digital voting can be secure, monitored, accessible to all, and ensure voter anonymity and privacy, despite the potential risks of cyber attacks.

Why use electronic and online voting

There are a number of objections to electronic and online voting, but it is important to answer each of them clearly and informatively, so as to create the right culture about a digital tool that is increasingly widespread and used by both public and private organizations. For many realities, in fact, the digitization of electoral procedures as well as of the various voting operations is an irreversible choice thanks to all the benefits it brings. Here, then, are the most frequent objections and the answers of Eligo’s Election Managers.

Online voting is not secure

Online voting is secure if the system used is properly designed and has implemented the necessary security measures. These measures may include data encryption, voter authentication, and hacker verification through penetration testing. In addition, many public and private organizations have already successfully used online voting, demonstrating that this system can be secure and reliable.

Electronic and online voting leaves little room for election monitoring and verification

Digital voting can be monitored in real time by independent authorities, such as election oversight organizations, election commissions, notaries, and super partes observers. Moreover, results being automatic and issued in real time, digitally signed and time-stamped, cannot be altered or changed. The risk of fraud and manual errors is completely ruled out.

Not all people are confident with technology or have access to a computer or the Internet

Although not all people are familiar with technology or access to a computer, cell phone, or the Internet, voting stations can be set up at the organization’s headquarters or in public places to ensure that all eligible people can exercise their right to vote.

Electronic and online voting do not guarantee anonymity and respect for voter Privacy

With electronic and online voting platforms, every vote is recorded anonymously and is protected by advanced encryption. There is no voter-identifying record, so the voter’s privacy remains fully protected. In addition, digital votes cannot be manipulated or influenced in any way without the system detecting and reporting the irregularity.

Electronic voting could be vulnerable to hacker attacks

Organizations operating electronic voting systems must have robust and up-to-date security measures in place to prevent cyber attacks. There are advanced technologies that can be used to secure electronic and online voting systems, such as end-to-end encryption and multi-factor verification. It is important to remember that no voting system is perfectly secure-not even traditional paper voting-but electronic voting offers many more security guarantees that ensure the reliability of the entire election process.