Online voting

Today is election day in Turkey. We’re voting to elect members of the Turkish parliament.

My wife and I will soon head out of our home to our local election booth. This takes time.

We’ll then use a combination of pen, paper, stamps, and envelopes to cast our votes. This is costly.

In order to ensure that the election results are tallied fairly, thousands of volunteers across the country will be monitoring the voting locations. Fraud is an issue.

Each of these issues could be solved by voting online. It would take less time to cast a vote, it would be less costly, and the results would be less susceptible to fraud.

The issue of online fraud would require deep computer security expertise to overcome but protecting a single group of election servers would bring greater security at a lower cost than the human monitoring of thousands of physical voting locations. Perhaps a decentralized solution using the blockchain could be applied.

Estonia and Switzerland already run online elections. There may be other examples. I hope that they serve as role models for other countries.