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Digital voting in Estonia: E-Voting is more secure than analog

In Russia's neighbouring country Estonia, can give voters since 2005, their voice online. Fear of hackers or influencing the Baltic country has not. An expert explains why this is so.

Since 2005, can vote about a Million eligible voters in Estonia, with a click, instead of on election day in the cabin. In the parliamentary election on Sunday, more than 28 percent of the electorate took advantage of legitimate this way.

concerned about privacy and security against interference in the election by the neighboring state of Russia, as they are in this country, widespread, do not have the Estonians: for since the small Baltic state, in 2007, the target of a massive cyber attack, cyber safety is of the highest priority - and Estonia is in Europe as a pioneer in the digitization.

Tõnu Tammer, head of the Crisis task force in Estonia, the state authority for information systems, explains in an Interview why choose online even safer, than to go to the ballot box - and what you can learn in Germany.

tagesschau.de: In the parliamentary elections in Estonia were able to provide the persons eligible to vote via the Internet, your voice. How does it work?

Tõnu Tammer: go to the choice website and download the program to Vote down. When you Open the program asks you to identify yourself with your ID card. Then the list of candidates from which to select will appear. Then, you identify yourself with a PIN number and confirm your choice - then you will be sent to the electronic ballot box. Then you have an App using a QR Code the opportunity to check whether their vote has also arrived there.

to decrypt your voice, you need a number of physical keys, the only different members of the election Commission. Some of these key observers, a further safety factor in the case of external choice.

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