How To Prevent Cheating In Online Elections

More and more countries, organizations and institutions that hold or carry out internal electoral processes are turning to the use of electronic voting systems. These are systems that facilitate the electronic casting and counting of votes. They essentially do away with the traditional paper ballot systems that were characterized by their gross susceptibility to gross abuse, manipulation, and inconvenience. The reasons behind the emergence of this trend include:

Non-exclusivity

The fact that anybody with a working computer, laptop, smartphone or, basically, any device with a working internet connection is able to cast their vote effectively solves the perennial problem of low voter turnout. When you can vote in the comfort of your own bed, should you choose to, you really don’t have an excuse not to vote.

Proliferation of internet capable devices

The past decade has witnessed an explosion in the number of people with devices capable of accessing the internet. The relatively low cost of these tools makes them accessible to billions of people across the entire globe who might otherwise have been economically locked out of the process. In addition, people physically incapable of making their way to polling centers such as those with physical disabilities can be comfortably afforded their right to vote without placing unnecessary strains on them.

Cost-effectiveness

By virtue of the fact that electronic voting does away with the need to rent or set up polling stations, hire electoral clerks and security guards, as well as purchase all the election materials associated with the physical ballot translates to astronomical savings in the cost of running an election, which is invariably a huge financial undertaking.

Slim to no chance of election tampering

Electronic voting systems, run by third parties, eliminate the troubling possibilities of election tampering, which have had disastrous implications for many countries in our living memory. Additionally, the fact that online voting tools enable the processing and delivery of election results almost immediately make them a great deal more trustworthy in the eyes of voters when compared to the interminable waits associated with traditional voting systems, wherein no one could say what was happening to cast ballots behind closed doors. This trustworthiness is the very foundation for a credible voting process. Election Runner, a popular online voting platform, provides a way for election administrators to combat voter fraud with sophisticated algorithms.

Precision and reliability of results

Online votes are immaterial in nature and thus issue that might arise to bring the validity of physical ballots into question such as unclear or ambiguous marks, disfigured slips or illegible signs greatly adds to the efficiency and reliability of the system. In addition, electronic voting data is very easily and conclusively audited, even years down the line due to the non-degradable nature of the data.