E-voting smart cards used in voting

Supplier: PPC - ID Card Printer Solutions By: Jason Hicks
25 May, 2017

Governments and organisations are starting to discover a number of new niches where E-Voting Smart Card are ideal.

Governments are using ID printers to generate large quantities of smart ID cards and a recent use of smart cards to improve the democratic process has gained global attention.

E-voting and smart cards

The use of electronic voting (e-voting) has increased in many countries across the globe. At the same time, governments are pushing for national e-ID cards, which offer a secure approach in which to identify registered voters.

There are two aims of e-voting, firstly, the process uses smart cards to ensure that only eligible voters take part in the election process. Secondly, to offer a secure and easy approach to voting online, from either your home or workplace.

Many states and countries already utilise e-voting, for example Finland and Estonia. These two nations used e-voting during recent national elections. Although not all e-voting systems use smart cards, those that do can benefit from a series of improvements to their democratic process. 

Strengths and weaknesses

There are several benefits to smart card use within an e-voting system. For instance, electronic voting is a lot harder to manipulate than traditional modes of voting, such as paper or post.

A smart card, with its integrated processor (IC), uses cryptographic protocols to store, add and delete personal data in a secure manner. When used as part of the e-voting process, it can securely identify and authenticate people before they cast their vote.

Also, electronic voting can handle voting updates on a much larger scale. If a citizen casts his or her vote electronically, he or she could update the vote using remote electronic voting. A traditional paper vote would need to be manually removed from the system.

There are also some downsides to e-voting. For one, not everybody has access to a computer or is in a position to attain a smart card.

Further, it is hard for an electronic voting system to be transparent. Whereas most voters know how the traditional paper-based system works, the electronic system is still new.

It is also much harder to inject mechanisms of transparency into the electronic system. Germany, for instance, allows citizens to see every part of the paper election process, including the ballot counting.

Multi-channel voting

The use of smart cards for e-voting should not be the sole voting process, instead, a voting system should utilise a range of voting modes, or multi-channel voting.

By incorporating e-voting into a system that utilises both paper and postal voting, state's can access the strengths of smart cards while mitigating their weaknesses.

We see Smarts cards as the next stage in the voting process.

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