E-elections

In the late years, Estonia has continually moved toward a vision which is closely involved with the Internet. Because elections are the main basis of any democracy, the e-election is  a part of this vision to make elections available through the Internet and thus making voting more convenient for the voters.

The elections of 2011 were quite successful. There were lesser complaints, compared to last years and no major glitches, except the update of the results on the homepage, were present. About 24% of voters used the online possibility. I am quite certain, that by making elections more easier, like making them online, can raise the overall number and activity of voters.

Nothing is never perfect and sadly so goes for the e-elections. Though it worked well in gathering and conveying voting results, it had few major problems, mainly involving security. There were few points where the votes could be manipulated. For starters, in order to vote, voters had to download a program from an unsecured web site. This is problematic, cause the packages sent between the browser and server could be intercepted and manipulated. The second problem was that the votes could not be controlled. Because the only implication of a e-vote was the actual vote, then if it would be caught before it reached its destination, there would be no sign of its disappearance.

Because of these security issues, there is the problem of people not being able to vote. This raises the question, if we should allow this kind of system, which is false at its very important part, security. A quick answer could be, that every voting mechanism can be false, even the good ol’ paper method but because such a loophole exist doesn’t mean that it will be exploited to its full extent and until proved otherwise all we can do is hope that the error wasn’t exploited to its full extent.