Most of us want to vote from our phones out of convenience, but what about those who need to because of the structural barriers they encounter to voting now? This paper examines how those barriers contribute to persistent turnout gaps for certain voters and builds the case for how mobile voting would help ensure all voters can exercise their most fundamental right to vote.
Elections are one of the most important public sector processes performed by democratic societies. Consequently, changes to time-honored elections processes are approached with extreme caution and careful consideration. At the same time, changes in technology and other factors have resulted in numerous proposals to election processes, procedures, tools, and technologies.
"Trade-offs are inherent to election administration. Election officials and policymakers must regularly make decisions that restrict or expand voter access, detract or enhance election security, and reduce or enshrine voter privacy. These decisions ought to be simple: policymakers should prioritize expanding privacy, security, and access over restricting it."
"In this report, we examine the future of voting and the possibility of conducting secure elections online. Specifically, we explore whether End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting (E2E-VIV) systems are a viable and responsible alternative to traditional election systems." - U.S. Vote Foundation
"This volume contains papers presented at E-Vote-ID 2021, the Sixth International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting, held during October 5-8, 2021."
"The electronic return of voted ballots allows military and overseas voters to participate in elections where they would otherwise be unable. Electronic return, as defined here, is the return of a voted ballot via electronic means including email, web portal or fax. The latter of which “can be sent over physical fax machines, through traditional phone lines, digital lines, online services and...."
"This paper sets forth a roadmap of objectives, and actions for each, in terms of technology, policy, and advocacy. Taken together, the roadmap’s guidance comprises an undertaking of considerable effort and importance, but taken individually, each action is firmly rooted in current facts on the ground, and tractable steps forward."
"Voter turnout is often low and unequal, but the opportunity to vote on a mobile device could drastically lower the cost of democratic participation. In 2018, West Virginia became the first U.S. state to utilize mobile voting in a federal election, allowing it for overseas voters from 24 of its counties."
"The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is investigating the risks associated with different voting systems in advance of a Congressionally-mandated requirement for an online voting demonstration project, and to ensure that U.S. citizens and uniformed services personnel living overseas are able to cast their votes securely and accurately. "