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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality


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A paper ballot being submitted.

Estonias policy of e-governance is resulting in fewer paper ballots being cast.

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Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Anett Numa at the e-Estonia innovation hub said the system's success relies on having a pre-established digital infrastructure, without which people would lack trust in accessing public services online.

I-Voting was developed partly to grow participation and keep young people engaged with politics, as roughly 200,000 Estonians live abroad.

Numa said i-Voting has not boosted voter turnout, but rather offers an additional avenue for voter engagement.

The system uses encryption to address cybersecurity issues, allowing voters to cast ballots across a platform that routes to a central database following authentication.

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