E-voting grows 25% in Estonia parliamentary election

03/03/15

Some 30% of participating voters cast their ballot online in Sunday's Estonian election, in a boost for the country’s status as a digital identity trailblazer.

The 176,328 voters who used the system represent an increase of 25% since parliamentary elections in 2011.

Digital election firm Smartmatic has hailed the result as underlining that Estonia has the longest-standing and most technologically advanced internet voting system in the world.

“The growth of online voting in Estonia should not come as a surprise to anybody. Besides offering clear benefits to voters, in terms of convenience, accessibility and ease of use, the voting platform is built on tried and secure technologies.”

Smartmatic and Cybernetica, an Estonian IT lab, in 2014 co-founded the Centre of Excellence for Internet voting. The Centre is working with the government of Estonia to advance Internet voting nationally, and to export it to many other countries around the globe.

Estonian civil society is the most connected in the world - every citizen has an online ID card, which has biometric information about them and digital signing capabilities. Both Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves have been keen advocates of i-voting on social media.

“Estonia is one of the most digitised countries in the world and boasts an impressive culture of e-government,” stated Michael Summers, Internet Voting Director of Smartmatic.

“With a committed vision, backing of the political parties, technological support from leading ICT experts, and strong leadership from the National Electoral Committee (VVK), Estonia offers its citizens a more accessible, secure and transparent voting experience to more effectively serve a modern electorate.”

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The 176,328 voters who used the system represent an increase of 25% since parliamentary elections in 2011.
The 176,328 voters who used the system represent an increase of 25% since parliamentary elections in 2011.

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