I want my vote to count
I was absolutely stunned when Sarnia’s city manager there would be no more paper ballots in the 2018 municipal election. To tell say the election will be by electronic voting without asking for any input from the citizens of Sarnia is not right. Over 75 per cent of Sarnia’s voters are seniors. I know of many who don’t even have a computer, let alone a mobile device. What about them? Aren’t they allowed to vote?
What the citizens of Sarnia were not told was how dangerous this process really is. Computer and network security experts are virtually unanimous in pointing out that online voting is a dangerous threat to the integrity of elections. There is no way to guarantee that the security, privacy and transparency requirements for elections can all be met with any practical technology in the foreseeable future.
To vote by ballot box you have to provide a photo ID as well as your signature, and have it matched to your Voter Registration Information. That’s not possible with electronic voting. If someone were to have access to your voter registration information they could enter that information into the computer or mobile device and vote for anyone and you would never know. There is no proof of who you voted for and no way to track and trace it.
Electronic commerce is worldwide and there is no question of that. It’s a lot safer than voting online simply because if someone fraudulently uses your identity to purchase a product or takes money from your bank account, these actions can be traced, tracked and fixed.
What a lot of people will find hard to grasp is the full implications of the fact that online elections could or might be compromised and the wrong people elected via silent, remote automated manipulation that leaves no audit trail and no evidence for elections officials or anyone else to even detect the problem let alone fix it.
These ultimately are the reasons why computer and network security expects cannot provide satisfactory security for online voting even though they can for online commerce.
If you want your vote to count, the only way to be sure of that is with paper ballots.