Electronic voting (also known as e-voting) is a voting system which utilizes electronic means to aid in chores of casting and counting votes. Based on a particular implementation, electronic voting may make use of a range of internet services, all the way from basic data transmission to full-function online voting. Similarly, the automation level of this system may vary from simple chores to a full solution to the voting processes which includes voter registration and authentication, vote input, vote tallying, vote data encryption and transmission, vote consolidation and tabulation and administration of election. Why should you consider using an online voting application for your next election?
Voting process becomes easier and more accessible.
Electronic voting being related to technology makes the whole voting process extremely easy and more accessible to voters. This especially with the current improvement in the level of technology. This is more effective for remote internet voting and telephone voting since ballots can be cast from any computer with connection to the internet or any functional telephone in the organization.
Voting is anywhere and at any time.
Electronic voting eliminates long lines at a polling station unlike paper balloting, thereby saving time to the voters. In addition, it creates more access points to the voters. E- Voting gives a better address accessibility to voters with disabilities, suffering from illness, those who may be away from the organization for leaves or on personal travels and others who may find it difficult to visit a polling station.
High secrecy level.
Electronic voting allows internet and telephone voting. This aspect gives e-voting a high level of secrecy especially to special population of voters with disabilities such as the visually or hearing impaired in an organization. By electronic voting, they are unassisted which improves they degree of secrecy unlike in paper balloting where they would need assistance. This aspect brings about enhanced equity in voting.
Quick and more accurate election results.
If an organization gets an electronic voting system that allows tallying of the votes, then the organization enjoys the benefit of faster and more accurate results as opposed to a paper balloting where individuals who would be much slower and less accurate are involved. Internet and telephone voting system will deliver a faster official ballot tabulation process which is more accurate than paper balloting which is at times criticized for errors.
Electronic voting is less expensive.
Unlike paper balloting that requires an organization to setting up of polling stations and employ staff to conduct the voting process, electronic voting only requires the start-up costs for machines which can as well be used in future elections. This renders electronic voting loss costly as compared to the paper balloting.
Elimination or reduction of ballot errors, and spoiled ballots.
Finally, electronic voting has the ability to increase the overall quality of ballots cast through the reduction or fully elimination of ballot errors that are most likely to occur in paper balloting in addition to creating better informed electors in the organization. Furthermore, depending on the electronic voting system architecture, it is possible to have additional information displayed in regard to candidates and policy positions. This provides basic information about the candidates and party platforms to the voters, thereby informing them better to vote.