The Swedish voting scene

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 04:19:46 CDT

In case you have a moment to read a bit about the voting situation
here in Sweden, amidst fund raising, presidential elections and all
that...

I knew that there are no current plans to start using e-voting in
Sweden, but I haven't really looked into what is happening before.
I found a policy document from the Swedish Election Authority
(Valmyndigheten) about this. Although electronic voting is not
to be used in the near future, they have already drawn up the
following guidelines (my translation):

 * The Election Authority should not develop an e-voting platform
   itself, or together with commercial interests.

 * E-voting in Sweden should not use single purpose voting machines,
   since they are used too seldom, and will become obsolete between
   elections. The system ought to build on standard components - i.e.
   PC's and internet.

 * The voting ought to take place in an existing infrastructure, for
   example public libraries, or other institutions that already have
   computers for other purposes.

 * Sweden's system should build on open source programs, developed for
   general purposes, and follow the work done by OASIS (Organization
   for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), with
   development of EML (Election Markup Language).

A lot of this look like the OVC concept. I contacted a representative
of the Election Authority, but they were not aware of what the OVC
has done - they are now :-). They have an assignment to follow the
development of electronic voting, and I will keep them up to date
with what OVC is doing. Anyway, they seem to have some sensible
people there!

/Jan
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