Provincial and municipal governments should not implement Internet voting until a technical committee can study potential online systems and test security concerns, a panel formed by B.C.’s chief electoral officer recommended. The recommendations were submitted to the legislature by the Independent Panel on Internet Voting, which stated in its report that the current risks of implementing Internet voting in the province outweigh the benefits. “The panel recommends to go slow on Internet voting in British Columbia,” Keith Archer, the chief electoral officer, said in a news release. “British Columbians must have confidence that their voting system is fair and trustworthy.”
The panel said those who administer elections don’t have the technical expertise to evaluate voting systems, so the committee that would study the systems should include experts in Internet voting, cryptography and computer security.
The technical committee should be appointed by and report to the chief electoral officer and remain independent from elected officials, political parties and those who sell Internet voting technologies, the panel recommended.
Full Article: Hold off on Internet voting: B.C.’s chief electoral officer.