CyberVote devrait faciliter la procédure de vote de tous les électeurs
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  Commercial and marketing

1. What are the main differences between CyberVote and the other electronic voting systems ?

2. Will the CyberVote system be free ?

3. How will I get the CyberVote System ?

4. Will the CyberVote system be the same for all the European countries ?

5. When will be organised the first official public election via Internet ?

6. Will it be possible to get some help (hot-line) if needed ?

7. How much will it cost me to cast my vote using CyberVote ?

8. Is CyberVote a system that we can buy or is it a service ?

9. How to be sure that Internet will increase the participation rate ?

10. When will I be able to use CyberVote ?

11. Will the CyberVote software sources be public ?

12. Who will be authorised to look at the CyberVote software sources ?

13. Will it possible that the cost of an election organised with the CyberVote system is higher that the cost of a nowadays election ?

14. Does the CyberVote exist ?

15. When will the CyberVote system be available on the market ?

16. Where will I get the CyberVote system ?

17. How CyberVote is different from the other voting projects / initiatives ?

18. What will be the cost of an election organised with the CyberVote system ?

19. What is NOT CyberVote ?

 

See also the frequently asked questions on :

Use of mobile phones

Use of the system

Security and cryptology

Legal Aspects

 

What are the main differences between CyberVote and the other electronic voting systems ?

See (*).

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Will the CyberVote system be free ?

The objective of the CyberVote project is to develop a prototype of an e-voting system (see *).

This prototype is only intended for trial elections and will not be distributed outside the consortium.

Should a product be developed, the terms and conditions of use of this product should then be defined.

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How will I get the CyberVote System ?

From the voter viewpoint, he/she will not get the CyberVote system. The voter will be required to connect him/herself to the CyberVote server where he/she will have to follow the indications to cast his/her vote.

From the administration viewpoint, user partners involved in the CyberVote will get a CD-ROM with the CyberVote prototype. This software will then be installed and configured to run the trial elections.

Apart from these trial elections, no other experiment will be carried out (see also *.

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Will the CyberVote system be the same for all the European countries ?

The CyberVote prototype will be designed to take into account the variety of European countries. This very same prototype will be installed in France, Germany and Sweden to carry out several trial applications.

Should a CyberVote product be developed after the completion of this project, one can expect than the same approach would be followed.

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When will be organised the first official public election via Internet ?

Various announcements were made recently and undoubtly, there will be a legally binding public election in Europe during 2002.

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Will it be possible to get some help (hot-line) if needed ?

CyberVote will provide on-line help. In addition, a hot-line service will be set up during trial elections.

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How much will it cost me to cast my vote using CyberVote ?

Casting a vote via CyberVote will cost nothing to the voter but the Internet communication costs.

These costs should be compared to travel costs (public transportation, car usage, etc...). The voters have to support to go to and come back from the polling station.

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Is CyberVote a system that we can buy or is it a service ?

(See *)

Should a product be developed by a company after the completion of this project, this company would be responsible for selling licences of this product or providing e-voting services.

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 How to be sure that Internet will increase the participation rate ?

Noone can ensure that e-voting will increase the participation rate. However early experiments showed a real interest for e-voting with unprecedent participation rate. Besides, one could find obsolete to have to go a designated polling station when he/she can buy goods and services all over the planet thanks to new relation regarding the Internet. Finally, the new regulation regarding the decrease of working hours per week will allow people to take more and more extra holiday that will be planned without particular consideration to election dates. Unless voting is allowed from any polling station, this might lead to a lower participation rate.

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When will I be able to use CyberVote ?

The CyberVote prototype will be ready by the end of year 2002. Trial elections will then be conducted with trial users.

Should a product be designed, such a system could be available in 2003-2004.

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Will the CyberVote software sources be public ?

Releasing the sources of the CyberVote prototype in the public domain will be considered. Voters would probably have a higher confidence in a system which software sources are in the public domain. However at the same time, criminals would have all the time necessary to design a virus that could threaten the overall security.

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[Who will be authorised to look at the CyberVote software sources ?

Certification authorities and user representative authorities (e.q. CNIL in France) should be authorised to look at the CyberVote software sources.

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Will it possible that the cost of an election organised with the CyberVote system is higher that the cost of a nowadays election ?

An election where CyberVote can be used together with the traditional system is probably the most expensive situation, especially if no voters or only a very limited member of voters use the CyberVote system ! In the other cases, it is expected to save money.

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Does the CyberVote exist ?

The CyberVote prototype will be developed and ready for trial elections by the end of year 2002. Should a product be developed after the completion of the project, this product could be available in 2003-2004.

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When will the CyberVote system be available on the market ?

See (*).

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Where will I get the CyberVote system ?

Same as (*).

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How CyberVote is different from the other voting projects / initiatives ?

The CyberVote consortium has released a report on electronic democracy projects, legal issues of Internet voting and users (i.e. voters and authorities representatives) requirements analysis (refered as D4V1), which gives an overview of other voting projects / initiatives. Differences between these projects and CyberVote are explained.

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What will be the cost of an election organised with the CyberVote system ?

Current figures tend to indicate that it is 1 Euro per voter but of course this will depend on the marketing policy of the company selling the CyberVote product or services. Such as a company does not exist today.

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What is NOT CyberVote ?


CyberVote is NOT a commercially available system. CyberVote is a research prototype that will be ready for trial elections by the end of year 2002. If this prototype proves successful, partners of the CyberVote project could decide to develop a commercial Internet voting system. In any case, this would be outside the scope of the current CyberVote project.

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See also the frequently asked questions on :

Use of mobile phones

Use of the system

Security and cryptology

Legal Aspects

 

 

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