As democracies across the globe fight challenges related to electronic
voting systems, here comes a smartphone-based voting system that can
well be incorporated into the current large-scale election process,
shows promising research.
A team of researchers has designed a mobile
voting system optimised for use on a smartphone and tested its usability
against traditional voting platforms.
"Current electronic voting
systems have numerous issues - from usability and accessibility to
security to the fact that many of them are nearing the end of their life
cycle - and there are few good certified alternatives currently on the
market," said Michael Byrne, professor of psychology and computer
science at Texas-based Rice University.
They asked 84 participants
with a diverse range of voting histories and educational backgrounds to
engage in a series of mock elections using different voting methods.
the study found no reliable differences between the smartphone-based
system and other voting methods in efficiency and perceived usability,
smartphone owners committed fewer errors on the mobile voting system
than on the traditional voting systems.
According to Byrne, there are numerous potential advantages to using a smartphone-based system.
Mobile voting offers the opportunity to cast votes when and where it is convenient for the voter.
making this work as an anywhere, anytime system requires solving a
substantial number of serious security and authentication problems that
may not be solvable, and certainly not in the near term," explained
Research is supposedly needed to develop systems that allow voters to securely and anonymously submit their ballots.
may be compromise solutions that involve the mobile user interface that
do not have the same security requirements, though they would not be as
convenient," added Byrne in the study published in the journal Human