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Texting Democracy: Estonia to Vote by Mobile Phone in 2011

American Idol may let you text in your vote, but Estonia will be the first actual country to implement voting by cell phone. Technologically-savvy citizens will place chips into their cell phones, that authenticate identifications, before they cast their ballots for the 2011 parliamentary election.

Estonia has already used online voting, without any major security breaches. In order to prevent coercion that might happen when people vote in private, Estonians can still cancel out their e-votes with a paper ballot. An independent study found that the new vote-by-phone procedure should go off without any manipulation or malfunctions.

Would you like to see more access to democracy from voting options like Internet or phone voting? I guess we'll be looking to E-stonia to see how it's done!

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
If it can be done right that would be awesome. I didn't have to wait long at the polls but I know other people had to wait hours. This would really help get people out to vote.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
If the paper votes can cancel out the phone votes, than that would imply that someone is recording who each person voted for in order to cancel out the correct vote. That doesn't seem to be a very private way of voting to me.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
Not sure how safe this is but there must be a better way than having the entire populations go to voting boots. I think the internet would be good, we have Digi-D that is used for our taxdeclaration over the internet and it is based on ID nr, so that would work I think.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
I think this is great, I wish it would work for a country our size but I doubt it would.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
haha I noticed...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Apparently I've mastered emoticons, but not bold type :oops:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Or what (and I'm talking to you pro Prop 8'ers) you're voting for.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Hey if you have to pay, maybe you'll pay more attention to who you're voting for!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
^ imagine we'd have to pay to vote..sheesh! :p
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
lol @ the first comment. I'd vote by paper if I had to pay for the text.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
wow, this would definitely swing the votes in favor of more technologically savvy voters :ponder: interesting. I feel like there has to be a better way to vote. Who says what we have is secure anyways? :shrug:
Murmur314 Murmur314 8 years
That's great! Now let's have people sign up for other kinds of votes, as in "I want to vote about everything related to health", too. Make the citicizen's votes count 25~75%, elected politicians get the rest of that. Now THAT would be real democracy! And in real-time, too!
zeze zeze 8 years
wow, can't see that happening here though. It would mean a lot more young voters and the way the numbers work out that is a huge advantage for the Dems, I can't see Republicans allowing that to happen.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
Do standard text messaging charges apply?
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