Danish experiment with online voting

By EDRi · August 27, 2003

15,000 Danish voters in the council of Ishoj, near Copenhagen, are invited
to experiment with internet voting during the next elections for the
European Parliament, in June 2004. According to the spokesperson from the
European Parliament, Soren Sondergaard, the Danes aim at a high voter
participation, especially among the young. ‘At the same time it is cheaper
and more efficient when the votes are to be counted,’ he added. To
overcome security concerns, the Ishoj voters will also have to pass by a
‘real’ ballot box to cast their votes.

In may, in a large-scale experiment during local elections in the United
Kingdom 1.5 million people in 18 local council areas were able to take
part in voting trials by text message, Internet, electronic kiosk and
digital TV. Other governments in Europe with plans for e-voting include
Estonia and Ireland (for their next general elections), the Netherlands
(the European parliament, limited to voters outside of the Netherlands)
and the canton of Geneva in Switzerland and the city-boards of Bremen and
Cologne (for local elections).

Worldwide, civil rights advocates and security experts express grave
concerns about the security, anonimity and accountability of internet
elections. Governments should use open source systems for e-voting, not
the closed systems currently in vogue. Guaranteeing the anonymity of
voting in a living-room is a tough problem to solve. And finally, e-voting
lacks the accountability of a paper audit trail that can be verified by

Danes to experiment with e-vote in EP election (21.08.2003)

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