by Innovation in Politics Institute
News and everything you need to know on digital democracy, online participation and e-voting
Voting
A computer screen displays the image of a vote being cast in a ballot box.

Online Voting: The Essentials

Online voting is becoming more and more common, from major elections to party primaries and other lower-stakes contexts. Yet its use raises a whole series of fundamental questions, from technological challenges to security risks and the thorny issues of public trust and transparency.

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Safe Participation in Kyiv: Condominium E-Voting

Kyiv has long been at the forefront of digitalization and civic engagement. With many Ukrainians displaced by the war or unable to attend physical meetings, Condominium E-Voting empowers residents to address vital issues with just a few taps on their devices.

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The Trade Union E-Voting Impasse in The UK

The impasse surrounding electronic voting in trade unions in the UK presents a complex situation with implications for democracy, workers' rights, and government influence. Despite the potential benefits to union inclusiveness, a government-commissioned review recommended implementing a pilot program given potential security risks. However, the government has yet to respond formally to the policy review on electronic balloting, even though it was published in 2017.

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There and Back Again – The Story of Pakistan’s Brief Experiment with Electronic Voting

In 2021 Pakistan tried introducing electronic voting machines. In 2022 that decision was reversed. What went wrong and what can we learn?

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Lessons in Election Technologies from Nigeria

Ahead of a series of elections in 2023, Nigeria’s electoral authority introduced the new Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which uses facial recognition and fingerprinting to authenticate voters. In theory it was a big step towards electoral integrity – but on election day, almost nothing went as planned. Daniel Stefanov reports on what went wrong, and what lessons we can take away from it.

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Everyone Can Be an Election Observer With Self-Enforcing e-Voting

Think back to the last time you voted. How certain are you that your vote was counted correctly? It doesn’t matter how you voted – using a paper ballot or a voting machine, by post, or online. Currently, there is no system in use in large-scale political elections anywhere in the world that allows voters […]

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Technology at All Stages of the Electoral Process

Elections are the core of the democratic process. Some of the first documented elections took place around 500 BC in Ancient Greece, where male landowners wrote the name of the candidate they most wanted exiled for the next ten years on broken pieces of clay pots. If the threshold of 6000 votes was met, the […]

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Voting From Abroad – Partial Digitalisation in 5 Upcoming Elections

Overseas voting would seem to be an obvious use case for digital democracy. Yet for citizens living abroad voting can be an odd mix of old and new.

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How E-Voting Can Boost Political Responsiveness

Whether we vote manually or using voting machines may seem like a purely formal matter. Yet the case of Brazil demonstrates how a voting system can actually improve citizens’ well-being through higher and more equal political participation.

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Switzerland Resumes i-Voting Trials Ahead of Federal Election

When Swiss voters head to the polls in October for the country’s federal elections, there’s a good chance that a modest proportion of ballots will be cast online using Swiss Post’s revamped online voting system. The prospect has been welcomed by many Swiss living abroad. Furthermore, repeated polls in recent years suggest that a majority […]

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Online and Electronic Voting Updates Across the Globe

Electronic and internet voting are making slow progress around the world, but there are no shortage of challenges. Even in established democracies, trust is hard won, and implementation is often attempted before the foundations have been fully secured. Here are a few of the ups and downs.

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The Front Lines of Digital Democracy – Securing i-Voting in Estonia

Estonia is seen as leading the way when it comes to i-Voting. Yet even with an established foundation, i-Voting is always facing fresh challenges.

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Winning Hearts, Minds, and Votes – A panel review

On May 11th, we hosted a panel that discussed how we can convince more people of participatory democracy. The panellists discussed the topic with a focus on positivity and practicality.

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Saving Democracy

‘Saving Democracy for Real’ – Panel Discussion

A panel of experts sat down recently at the Democracy Technology Convention in Poland, to tackle just this question and offer some solutions. The discussion benefited from the insights and expertise of EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, Director of Transparencia Brazil, Juliana Sakai and Courteney Mukoyi, Founder of the Justice Code Foundation Trust. The problem, […]

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The Growing Market for Democracy Technologies

With the release of the report on 'Democracy Technologies in Europe' from the Innovation and Politics Institute (IPI) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), we thought we would wrap up some encouraging notes on the future of the DemTech market.

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