E-voting – the Internet as a polling station
Regardless of which party wins: At the outset of a vote, there is often already a loser. The election itself, since fewer and fewer voters are actually turning up.
Therefore, throughout Europe, thought is going into making going to the polls easier with the help of the Internet. First and foremost in Estonia, which has already performed online political elections.
T-Systems has been dealing with the topic for seven years and has developed election software. In 2002, Germany’s first Works Council election via intranet was carried out at T-Systems. 7,000 T-Systems employees submitted their votes online. After that, more elections followed in companies, clubs and associations.
Significantly higher voter turnouts at lower costs
Through online company elections, Deutsche Telekom has recorded an increase in voter turnout of almost 100% in recent years. In addition, the cost savings from online elections are obvious. The average time and therefore productivity loss to companies during a Works Council election is almost one hour and in public elections, costs of voters taking their poll card to the polling stations, in particular, are enormous.
Requirement to uphold the election principles
The election software developed by T-Systems can naturally also be used for parliamentary elections. Here, the security criteria are the same as with non-parliamentary elections and are based on upholding the constitutional election principles. However, the legal framework conditions for using electronic electoral procedures in the public sector still need to be created. In addition, e-voting in public elections requires a greater distribution of digital signatures among the public than before.

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