Friday, June 21, 2013

Online Voting in the Elections

Many technical people want to vote in the elections online, so that, they don't need to go to their home town to vote, and they can save some time (Eventhough, it is three times in five years).

If online voting is introduced, then the election would boil down to a public auction of the constituencies.

If online voting is introduced, then all the voters would register for online. If anybody is not interested, then they would be given incentives to register for online voting. On the election day, all the candidates would offer money to the voters, if (and only if) they are going to vote for them infront of them. Since, whoever is going to pay is guaranteed to get the vote, it becomes like an auction of the vote. Finally, whoever buys maximum no.of votes will win in the election.

I am not surprised that the most developed countries in the world are not using EVMs and are still having paper based voting.


  1. Online voting scheme will permit the users to change their vote multiple times even when the last one is considered/taken.We should have proper principles for Personal identification details while implementing this online voting system.

  2. As long as people vote for cash, there is no hope for the country. Period.
    I don't see any logic in your post. Online voting is only a matter of convenience.
    Less usage of EVMs in developed countries is because of the security issues around EVMs, not because somehow it becomes easy to buy votes when using EVMs.
    Online voting within an entire country/state is complicated and hence never attempted. It is common to use online voting for closed groups, such as university, corporate elections.

  3. If there is no online voting, then, even if the people take money for vote, still, they can go and vote whomever they want to vote. But, if there is online voting, they would be voting only to the person who is going to pay [Atleast for the elections to the government]. Because, the candidates would prefer to pay significantly more for guaranteed vote rather than small amount for non-guaranteed vote. Also, people would prefer to take big amount from one person rather than small amounts from multiple people [Provided the big amount is more than the cumulative amount of small amounts]. In this case, the voter is going to vote infront of the candidate or his/her representative to make sure that, the vote goes to that candidate only. Whereas, in normal voting, this cannot happen, and the voters can chose to vote whomever they want to vote, even if they take money.

    In Universities and corporate elections, either the voters are matured, or the incentives are too less, or this kind of things may be happening already. For example, in no university the candidates can give Rs.1000 per vote. Because, the candidates won't get that much returns. And for the voters, Rs.100 per vote may be too small. So, online voting may work. But, when we come to normal elections, even Rs.100 is too high for the voter, and Rs.1000 is too less for the candidate.

    I did not mean that, we can buy votes when we use EVMs. What I meant was, there can be issues, if we go with any technological solution. If we need to have zero tolerance and absolute accuracy, we can use only paper based voting.

  4. Internet voting should only be taken up after these mechanical challenges have been overcome, and after comprehensive and completely informed public consideration of the mechanical and non-mechanical matters has established that the people of country.