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Hassle-free democracy: e-Voting and HHDB (Handheld device ballot)

With e-Voting citizens have the opportunity to exercise their right to participate in the electoral process at their best convenience. A sophisticated encryption coding ensures the safety and reliability of the system with real-time results displayed

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The e-voting concept is not particularly new. In 2002 Liverpool and Sheffield, both in the UK, have launched a pilot voting system based on mobile technology. In Brazil, 98% of all votes cast are done electronically. Considering that the world population is topping 7billion people, and the number of mobile subscriptions is of no less than 6 billion, there is arguably a potential for making the electoral process more inclusive, simple and engaging.

The technology already exists. It is just a matter of governments implementing the system and ensuring the robustness against fraud. Furthermore, even if not 100% of any given population subscribe to a service that would allow them to cast a vote a transitional system with traditional methods may still be required, but that would be an infinitesimal minority if compared to the overall numbers. That also brings the advantage of engaging the young generation back into politics.

Therefore, I believe this is a system that would demand some investment in the implementation phase but which would be set off by the enormous savings in the complex logistics involved in the election process, especially of countries like US and Brazil. 

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