European electronic voting test for Évora gives good future directions – Computers

European electronic voting test for Évora gives good future directions - Computers

In the last European elections an electronic voting device was set up in Évora to test the effectiveness of the system. The evaluation report, according to O Público, gave the mechanism a "positive note", recommending its gradual implementation in future electoral acts, including Portuguese citizens voting abroad and the early voting system.

According to the report, the electronic voting system gives the voter greater protection because the polling station only knows which voters are present to vote, unaware of the situation regarding other voters in the district. This translates into greater privacy as it dispenses with the paper lists of people who voted or not in their voting section, cited by the publication that had access to the report.

Still according to the document, the future is bright for the system, being advised to be introduced progressively in any kind of future elections, but has recommendations for the system to be improved, especially keeping it more inclusive for users. The conclusions will be sent for consideration by Members of the Assembly of the Republic in order to create the necessary legislation for use, as the system meets the constitutional requirements of electoral law.

In the Évora test, 94 computerized ballot boxes were installed, installed in 47 electronic voting tables. In all, 25 parishes from the 14 municipalities belonging to the district of Évora participated, totally replacing the physical space of the traditional vows. The computers used at the tables were handed over to users for the election, not being placed on the internet for added security.

In the user survey, which contributed to the report's findings, advantages were listed during the process, such as voter mobility, as they could choose the polling station where they were registered. As well as the ease, speed and safety of using the system, and above all the confidentiality of voting choices, as the apparatus was unable to identify voters during the act.

Regarding the results available in the ballot boxes, according to the report, these proved to be authentic and reliable. And with the advantage of the results obtained instantly, the election process was barely over. About 1,500 employees of the Évora district table were trained, including list delegates and parish council and municipal council officials.

In all, according to statistics, 33.29% of the voters of the participation in Évora voted by electronic vote. On balance, 74.6% of polling stations were traditional, while 25.4% were electronic, available in the test district.

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