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Online Voting Touted as More Secure than Paper Ballots

Taavi Martens, the developer of Estonia's system for online voting.
Taavi Martens, the developer of Estonia's system for online voting. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Online voting has undergone a security audit and is significantly more secure than paper ballots, said the system developer and a Ministry of the Interior official on ETV.

E-voting system developer Tarvi Martens said that the threats in the case of e-voting are clear-cut, while paper ballots, he said, afford more opportunities for malfeasance.

 
Enel Pungas of the Ministry of the Interior's department that deals with population registration procedures, said she hoped people would start using their online voter registration cards to a greater extent. Tens of thousands of euros have formerly been spent on sending people paper voter cards, she noted, and said the goal was for everyone to order an electronic card from the state website, eesti.ee.
 
Regarding the profile of a typical e-voter, Martens said it was no different from that of people who go to the polls to vote.
 
Electronic voting was introduced for 2005 local elections, when 9,317 people chose to use the option. Electronic turnout for the 2007 general elections was 30,243. The number was almost twice that for the European Paliament elections in 2009 and rose to 104,415 for the 2009 local elections.
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