The Austrian Federal Constitutional Court cancelled the Austrian e-voting pilot conducted in 2009, cf. the Ruling of 13.12.2011 (in German). The pilot had been conducted in the 2009 Elections for the Austrian Student Association, which is an official representative body. Out of more than 230,000 students, only 2,000 had used e-voting. The pilot was objected to by several student groups as (i) unconstitutional, (ii) using a system that violated basic voting principles and (iii) violating privacy; those student groups then filed a formal complaint after the election. On December 13, 2011, the Court ruled that the e-voting pilot of 2009 was null and void and furthermore canceled those parts of the Electoral Regulations for the Student Elections 2005 (in German) issued by the Ministry of Science and Research that enabled and regulated e-voting. The Austrian e-voting pilot 2009 can hence be considered as failed.
In particular, the Court objected to a system being used that anonymised the vote after it was cast in the electronic ballot box. This on the one hand violated the provision in Art 34 of the Student Law that “at no time voter and vote may be linked by the election committee or third parties” (my trans., my emph.).
On the other hand, the potential abuse of the data in the ballot box motivated the head of the election committee to delete all voting data only a month after the election, which left the Constitutional Court without any artefact to actually reproduce the election. The Court considers it indispensible that the election committee (and not some system administrators) exercise full control over the electronic election and that the elections have to be fully reproducible by non-experts also in the electronic media. Summarizing, the Constitutional Court did not only cancel the pilot in 2009, but in its Ruling also set some key requirements for any future use of e-voting in Austria.
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