Rotterdam can be made online using DigiD vote in referendum

Jul

4

2016

Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam late on November 30 with their DigiD via Internet voting in a refendum about the demolition of rental housing. The mayor claims to ensure secrecy of the vote in the controversial vote method.

Residents can on November 30 with their DigiD log in to the website for the referendum. “To this end, developed a secure digital environment – with the voting process in mind – is designed so the ballot is secret and the data is encrypted,” writes Aboutaleb to the city council. The mayor claims that an external security company has already conducted an audit, and improvements in security have been made, writes the mayor in an explanatory note .

The mayor points in particular to the advantages with regard to cost. He wants digital vote is the standard way, alternatively there are physical places are set aside where for example people can vote without DigiD.

The referendum is about Woonvisie Rotterdam 2030. Part of this plan include reducing the number of social housing. This was opposed by Live Action Committee Referendum Rotterdam thereon managed to collect enough signatures to force a referendum.

Digital voting is controversial because of the risks that this entails. In 2014, the risks of Internet voting in a row were put into a report that a consultancy commissioned by the government up . The researchers pointed out that it is not to ensure that the computers of the voters does not contain malware that may affect the vote. In addition, no view on the conditions under which the vote is cast and may have implications for the voice of freedom. Finally, a DDoS attack can frustrate the voting procedure. Nevertheless, the government wants to test love for people overseas.

The Lower House do an experiment with a system for electronic voting in municipal elections reclassifications of hand recently. Against the introduction of voting machines exist even if years of resistance in relation to the risks that this entails.

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