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Debate: Is e-voting a solution for Romania?

13 Mar 2015 02:30 · National Library, Bucharest

Following the presidential elections of 2014, the need for introducing a distance voting system has become more and more obvious. The preferences of Romanian political actors have been different: some opted for postal voting while others considered that Internet voting is an indication of the modernization of public administration and can ensure a simpler and cheaper vote.

The Embassy of the United States of America and Expert Forum have the pleasure to invite you to a discussion on the viability of e- voting in Romania. The positions will be presented by Septimius Parvu (Expert Forum) and Chloe Jasper (USA Embassy, Bucharest).

The Embassy will present the US perspective, where the voting procedures vary from one state to another. Approximately 40% of voters have used electronic voting in the 2012 elections, but the future of electronic voting remains open for discussion.

EFOR has observed the e-voting in Estonia, the only country in the world that uses this form of voting for all types of elections. We invite you to an open discussion on how the authorities, the civil society and foreign experts see this specific voting system. We will also discuss the unsuccessful experiences of electronic voting in Latvia, Lithuania or Finland.
We aim to formulate a debate of whether electronic voting/e-voting is suitable for Romania and if it is, in what way. Nonetheless, the discussion will not be a populist one; we will make use of arguments pro and against electronic voting, giving proof of success and failures.

Project financed by the EEA grants 2009–2014, through the NGO Fund in Romania. The contents of this material does not necessarily represent the official stand of SEE grants 2009 – 2014.

For official information regarding the SEE and Norwegian grants, access:www.eeagrants.org.

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