E-voting is the use of electronic means in the casting of the vote at political elections or referendums. This book provides an overview of e-voting related case-law worldwide and explains how judicial decisions impact e-voting development. With contributions by renowned experts on thirteen countries, the authors discuss e-voting both from controlled environments, such as voting machines in polling stations, and uncontrolled ones, including internet voting. Each chapter examines a group of country-specific leading judicial decisions on e-voting and their likely impact on its future development. Reference is made to emerging standards on e-voting such as the Recommendation Rec(2004)11 of the Council of Europe, the only international instrument on e-voting regulation, and to other countries' case-law. The work provides a broader, informative and easily accessible perspective on the historical, political and legal aspects of an otherwise very technical subject, and contributes to a better understanding of the significance of case law and its impact in shaping e-voting's future development. The book will be significantly useful to anyone with an interest in e-voting, in particular decision makers and officials, researchers and academia, as well as NGOs and providers of e-voting solutions.
Ardita Driza Maurer is a jurist based in Switzerland. She specializes in political rights and new voting technologies and works as an independent consultant. Ardita was previously a member and director of the Swiss federal internet voting project at the Swiss federal Chancellery. She currently provides legal expertise to ongoing work on the update of the Council of Europe Recommendation Rec(2004)11 on legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting. Jordi Barrat is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Catalonia/URV. He holds a PhD on constitutional law (LeÃ³n, Spain, 1997). His research is focused on electoral matters, namely e-voting issues. He is the director of EVOL2 / eVoting Legal Lab (http://evol2.wordpress.com). He has been an international electoral observer and assistant in a number of different countries (e.g. France, Norway, Belgium, Montenegro, Venezuela, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica) and has provided legal consultancy on electoral matters for different international institutions (e.g. Council of Europe, OSCE/ODIHR, IDEA, OAS, IFES).
"If e-voting is the future, we need a path to it. There is no single route, however, with cost, reliability and the voting experience to be juggled. This collection draws together expert insights from across the globe, as a rich resource for those navigating the way." - Graeme Orr, University of Queensland, Australia, and author of Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems
"This is a significant contribution to the debates about electronic voting that are taking place in democracies across the world. Decision-makers seeking to balance key electoral principles - accessibility, security, trust, transparency, cost - must also understand the fundamental legal issues; and this book provides a fine overview." - Peter Wardle, The Electoral Commission, UK
"In this very important book, the editors have put together a timely and highly needed discussion of legal decisions on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in electoral matters. They have collected experiences from around the world, and deliver a systematic overview to the question of what requirements the judiciary puts forward to democratic innovations using ICT. This book has to be considered the upcoming standard reference for scholars and practitioners alike working or interested in the topic." - Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
"In this book, renowned experts report important experiences of using electronic voting across different countries. The complexity of the matter is evidenced by the various reports of irregular occurrences that threaten basic constitutional principles involving electoral matters, such as transparency and security. The book contributes greatly to the subject of debate by revealing aspects usually omitted by governments and unknown by the media." - Luiz Fernando Martins Castro, Law and Informatics Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/SP)
"This significant and useful book provides a neutral and comprehensive analysis of e-voting case law worldwide. I highly recommend it as necessary reading for those willing to implement this type of technology." - Héctor T. Hernández, CPCIPC researcher, Córdoba, Argentina