Latest in Gear

                          Image credit: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

                          Nearly half of the votes in Estonia's election were cast online

                          It's progress, although it might not be ideal for other countries yet.
                          594 Shares
                          Share
                          Tweet
                          Share
                          Save

                          Sponsored Links

                          Reuters/Ints Kalnins

                          While many parts of the world are still struggling with voting machines, Estonia appears to be embracing online voting with gusto. In the country's recently finished parliamentary elections, nearly 44 percent of votes were cast through the i-voting system -- a major milestone when just 16 percent of Estonians voted online in 2009's EU elections. The result isn't a total surprise when the nation has spent most of the past two decades digitizing government functions, but it's still no mean feat given everything involved.

                          Estonia started this kind of voting in 2005 using chipped IDs and card readers, but it took off in 2011 when the public could vote with their cellphones thanks to a special SIM card and PIN codes. It's appealing beyond the convenience of voting on your own terms, we'd add. You're allowed to change your vote between the start of advance voting and the fourth day before the election (you can't use i-voting on election day), and you can verify that election officials received your vote.

                          It may take a long while before other countries adopt this model, though. Estonia is a tiny country (just 561,131 people voted in the election), and it's not as juicy a target for foreign interference as the US or western Europe. While Estonia has taken steps to secure the voting process, researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in the past. Any use in a major country would likely need an airtight system where hacks would be extremely difficult.

                          All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
                          Comment
                          Comments
                          Share
                          594 Shares
                          Share
                          Tweet
                          Share
                          Save

                          Popular on Engadget

                          The best consoles, games and accessories for students

                          The best consoles, games and accessories for students

                          View
                          AT&T and FTC settle lawsuit over data throttling

                          AT&T and FTC settle lawsuit over data throttling

                          View
                          Tesla's solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse

                          Tesla's solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse

                          View
                          Qualcomm won't have to offer patent licenses to rivals, for now

                          Qualcomm won't have to offer patent licenses to rivals, for now

                          View
                          Recommended Reading: Taylor Swift and Spotify are... best friends?

                          Recommended Reading: Taylor Swift and Spotify are... best friends?

                          View

                          From around the web

                          Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr
                          双色球中奖彩票真图

                                                                          百度江西11选5开奖 全国降雨分布图 重庆时时彩漏洞骗局 网易老时时开奖 幸运分分彩开奖时间 广东时时公式 七乐彩开奖号 快乐飞艇开奖 中特期期准 为什么沙巴体育下注那么难