The Benefits Of Electronic Voting Systems
Elections are crazily important. Their outcomes can affect the fate of nations, influence activism and participation in politics, and change the attitudes and lives of the citizenry deeply. Elections demonstrate a clear importance for society. Therefore, not only must they work but also the citizenry has to believe that they work.
Consequently, some of the central elements in the debate surrounding electronic voting systems have been ethical concerns. However, in spite of these ethical concerns, many countries continue to adopt them while many companies continue to develop them. The following few paragraphs will attempt to answer the question:
What benefits does Electronic Voting bring?
Electronic voting mostly affects two parties directly: the government and the voters. Therefore, in theory for a country to adopt electronic voting there must be a significant advantage to either one or both of these groups.
Voters would ideally have a better voting experience at the polls, and they would be more confident of their votes being counted properly, and the voting process would be easier and more efficient. Conversely, the government would enjoy better voter turnout, increase voter confidence, reduce costs, ensure the most democratic process possible, and renew interest in the political system.
One of the main advantages associated with electronic voting is the increased likelihood for efficiency. Using electronic voting machines, voters only submit their votes and are reasonably confident that their vote will count. The new electronic voting machines also ensure that citizens do not commit the common electoral faults such as picking too many or no candidates at all thus improving the general effectiveness of voting.
Electronic voting via email makes it possible to improve the ease of balloting for the citizens in an otherwise geographically isolated location from the election centers. In the end, electronic voting might just be the best solution for reducing voter apathy. This potential to reduce voter apathy will offer benefits to the community as a whole.
Electronic voting has the potential to eliminate or reduce fraud by eliminating the chance for ballot tampering. However, if there are backup paper ballots printed in case of the need of a recount then the threat of fraud remains. In the past, paper voting has proven horribly insecure and quite easy to manipulate. In practice, paper voting has so many flaws that they are comparable to punched card voting at its worst. However, if paper ballots are eliminated, the likelihood of distorting them as a means of electoral deception is also reduced. However, some countries have chosen to integrate paper printouts to supplement the electronic voting.
In conclusion, this article has been a discussion about electronic voting systems along with some of their benefits. It is good to keep in mind that the success of any electronic voting system lies squarely on the capacity of the equipment to perform in the way that the voting district prefers and needs. Some of the best features of electronic voting is yet to come, and advances in technology will improve accuracy, verifiability, and privacy.