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Estonia considering m-voting for elections

Estonia's ruling Reform Party is preparing an amendment to allow people to vote by mobile telephone.

Estonia's ruling Reform Party is preparing an amendment to allow people to vote by mobile telephone.

According to The Baltic Times, the party presented its "m-voting" proposals on the 27th of September in order to prepare a bill along with its other coalition partners. If the partners clear the initiative, the legislation will be sent to parliament for rectification.

Excerpt from the Baltic Times:

The idea of introducing m-voting was put forward in August by the Reformist deputy speaker of parliament, Kristiina Ojuland, who believes a viable scheme could be in place in time for the 2009 local elections.

In Ojuland's opinion, a mobile phone ID application would enable voters to identify themselves and give a digital signature.

It appears that Ojuland's remarks are based on changes since April, in which mobile ID SIM cards can now incorporate a person's mobile identify besides the normal SIM card functions.

For m-voting to be realized though, substantial changes in election laws need to be made, noted Vaino Linde, the head of the parliamentary Constitutional Committee. She says, "M-voting is certainly a future option, but whether the process can be completed in a couple of years is a different matter."

I assume that every citizen can only have one mobile SIM card that is registered to "cast" a vote. In such a context, what potential problems do you foresee with m-voting?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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What potentials problems do you foresee with m-voting?

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