One of the most common election traditions in most democratic countries around the world is the analysis of voter turnout by commentators and political analysts as soon as votes have been counted and winners declared. Many political analysts argue that more people would vote if they could do so electronically. While all voting systems have their advantages and disadvantages, this article will focus on the benefits of electronic voting
Electronic voting enables governments to increase voter turnout by making voting easier. Electronic voting enables citizens to cast their ballots with just a few clicks of the mouse or touchpad eliminating the inconvenience of manual voting. This means more people get to participate in their civic duties.
Elections in the U.S. and many other countries typically involve hiring staff to run polling stations and count ballots once the polls have closed. The cost of using electronic voting systems is not as high as that of hiring people to manually run polling stations and the voting process, especially after the initial cost of set-up is complete.
Perhaps the most distinct advantage of electronic voting is that it has the potential to make voting easier and more convenient. Electronic voting takes little more effort than a few clicks. In addition, electronic voting makes it easier for people with anxiety issues and those with disabilities to vote.
Increased Efficiency and Accuracy
Once established, electronic voting has the potential to streamline most aspects of the election process, eliminating the need for hiring vote-counting staff. This system enables election results to be delivered in record time with a higher degree of accuracy than manual voting. In addition, electronic voting eliminates the need for casting votes on paper ballots, which saves paper and ink.
Though manual voting remains the most popular voting method around the world, this method has inherent disadvantages such as difficulties locating candidates' names and booth mistakes such as miscast votes. Some manual voting systems such as the punch card style voting systems make it difficult to read choices due to close proximity of the names in the ballot papers.
Electronic voting does away with many of the problems associated with manual voting. In many cases, the results of manual election come into question due to issues regarding human error and corrupt election officials and practices. The reliability of manual elections also comes into question due to miscount of cast votes as well as illegal vote suppression practices. Electronic voting makes it more difficult for local voting authorities and major political parties to doctor election results to favor certain candidates.
Electronic voting eliminates voter errors such as unintentional and unclear candidate selection associated with manual voting. In manual election systems, unintentional candidate selection usually faces disqualification. Electronic voting systems do not face these challenges.
The accuracy of electronic voting makes it a suitable choice for delivering genuine election results in any country around the world. Manual voting systems face scrutiny due to questionable results that occur in countries experiencing democratic instability or dictatorial rule. Electronic voting is not subject to political influence.