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Estonians to vote by SMS

Posted by Admin on December 15, 2008

On Thursday the Estonian government passed a law that enabled its voters to vote by SMS – making it the first country to allow this. The next time they can use this service will be the parliamentary elections in 2011.

To use the system, Estonian citizens will need to get a free, authorised chip for their phones. The chip will be used to verify the voter’s identity and to authorise participation in the electronic voting system. Raul Kaidro, spokesman of the SK Certification Center, said the system “is the most secure way to authenticate digital signatures.”

You can read the press release here, or read engadget’s take on it here.

I think it’s a good idea. As long as it can be proved to be at least as secure as voting in person (and we all know that can easily be ‘hacked’) then there is no reason why governments shouldn’t push forward with plans to introduce it. Especially as so many countries are finding that voter turnout is getting lower and lower.

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