CyberVote devrait faciliter la procédure de vote de tous les électeurs
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  Use of the System

1. Will e-voting schemes deepen the "digital divide"?

2. How long will it take to vote ?

3. To what extent will disabled or handicapped people use the CyberVote system ?

4. Will it be possible to vote by email ?

5. What kind of personal equipment (fixed and mobile platforms) will I need to vote through Internet at home ?

6. Will there be some public places to vote via Internet ?

7. Will it be possible to vote at any time of day ?

8. Will it be possible to vote outside my country ?

9. What happens if I do not want to vote via Internet ?

 

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Will e-voting schemes deepen the "digital divide"?

CyberVote will offer an alternative to traditional voting to allow people who cannot go the polling station to cast their vote over the Internet. As such, CyberVote will fill the "voting divide" which currently exists between people who can effectively go to the polling station and others who cannot.

Finally, e-voting could contribute to solve the "digital divide". Politicians could decide to distribute voting terminals that will not only allow people to vote for free via the Internet but could also be used for other purpose (electronic commerce, Web surfing, etc). One would note that this is Minitel approach that was distributed for free and which allowed a free consultation of phone directory. Other services were payable / chargeable.

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How long will it take to vote ?

Voting via an e-voting system such as CyberVote will require less time than it is required with paper-ballot elections.

First, by being able to vote from home or from any place with mobile device, the voter will save all the time necessary to go to and come back from the polling station and no queueing at the polling station. Then, the actual voting procedure including authentication of the voter, cast of the vote, etc. should again take less time than with a traditional election.

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To what extent will disabled or handicapped people use the CyberVote system ?

One of the main social objectives of CyberVote is to design a system that will allow people with reduced mobility (e.g. disabled people, elderly people, patients in hospitals) to express their vote without the need to go the polling station. Further work (not covered in the CyberVote project) should address an universal access to e-voting.

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Will it be possible to vote by email ?

Voting by email will not be allowed by the CyberVote system. E-mail is one of the communication channels that can be used to send encrypted ballots from the voting client to the voting server. But usually it is easier to use a TCP/IP connection between the voting server and the voting client.

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What kind of personal equipment (fixed and mobile platforms) will I need to vote through Internet at home ?

Public infrastructure will be set up to allow voters to cast their vote from public places.

As an alternative, the voter will be able to use his/her own equipment (PC, PDA, SmartPhone), provided that it can be connected to the Internet.

All Personal computers running Web browsers which supports JAVA could be used. A computer with at least 233 Mhz processor and 32 Mo system memory should be able to vote via Internet. Furthermore it is expected that all new PCs bought in 2001 or later will support e-voting.

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Will there be some public places to vote via Internet ?

The CyberVote project aims at demonstrating a prototype of an e-voting system. If such a system were to be used frequently or in legally binding elections, it is highly recommanded that polling booths be set up in various public places.

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Will it be possible to vote at any time of day ?

As for traditional elections, voting via Internet will have to follow regulations defining the e-voting procedure. Such regulations will have to specify the period during which e-voters will be able to cast their vote. This period could spread over multiple days allowing to vote even at night or to be limited to a couple of hours.

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Will it be possible to vote outside my country ?

Voting with a system like CyberVote will be possible from any fixed or mobile Internet device no matter the geographic location. As a result, one can vote while being outside of his/her country either for personal or professional reasons.

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What happens if I do not want to vote via Internet ?

Internet voting is proposed as an alternative and not as a substitute to traditional voting. Voters going to the polling station will be able to cast a paper ballot.

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See also the frequently asked questions on :

Legal Aspects

Use of mobile phones

Security and cryptology

Commercial and marketing

 

 

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