In Estonia, citizens will soon be able to vote in elections using a mobile phone app. The government in Tallinn adopted a corresponding bill on Thursday, which will now be considered by Parliament. Minister of Economy and IT Tiit Riisalo expressed hope that the new voting method would be ready for use in the European Parliament elections in June 2024.
According to him, special applications will be created for common operating systems of mobile devices. These should be determined by the electoral commission. “This guarantees technological neutrality. This means that only technologies that are widespread and secure at the time are used,” the IT minister said. He assured that mobile voting was just as secure as “electronic voting” or traditional paper voting.
In 2005, Estonia became the first country in Europe to allow online voting in political elections. Internationally, the process is controversial in many places due to doubts about its functional reliability. In the Baltic state, which likes to call itself “E-Estonia”, this is what prevailed: in the parliamentary elections in March, more than half of the votes were cast digitally. (dpa)
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