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Estonians to vote by mobile in 2009

Thursday 4 October 2007

If the partners give the initiative the thumbs up the legislation will be sent to parliament. Representatives expect the m-voting scheme to be ready for use for the 2009 local elections.

Since April, mobile ID SIM cards have been available which incorporate a person's mobile identity in addition to the usual SIM card functions that allow providers of mobile communication services to identify users. The Parliament will, at first, investigate the necessary changes in election laws to allow m-voting.

Estonia had been the first country to allow internet voting for its general election, last year: about 3.5% of all those who voted in the elections in March 2006 expressed their will online (cf. Smart Insights #07-11).