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Today we analyze the two forms of voting that today we can find in voting around the world. Traditional elections where you vote on paper in a traditional ballot box are still the most common. On the other hand, for a few years now, electronic voting has been gaining strength in many countries thanks to leading companies in this sector such as the Spanish company Scytl.
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Within this new perspective of life, today we speak of the brutal and immense impact that an election day has on the environment. Propaganda on paper, plastic … trips to the polling stations … All this impact today has an alternative, online voting. In Spain it is developed by Scytl.
Environmental impact of traditional voting elections.
The environmental impact of traditional elections is difficult to measure, the economic impact is not easily measurable, but we can refine it a little more. In 2019, in a country like Spain, each Spaniard costs an election about 2.97 euros. In this expense we can include all the electoral machinery: printing of ballots and envelopes, or deployment of the police forces.
But let’s not forget that opening polling stations consumes energy, electricity, heating or air conditioning depending on the case, travel by car for all the people who vote, printing of ballot papers and paper envelopes, which will later end up in the trash, plastic ballot boxes, and surely many others that I left in the inkwell, tell me in the comments.
And we are not talking about electoral propaganda, what if it were all done online? What if all parties shared the same shipment? In the era in which we live, no one understands how measures are not taken in this regard, although many Spaniards by their own means already prevent electoral propaganda from reaching them, excluding themselves in the copies of the electoral roll that are delivered to the representatives of the candidacies to make shipments electoral propaganda postcards.
Environmental impact of elections with electronic voting.
According to data from the Spanish government, around 46.4 million are spent on electoral deployment, while 7.4 million were allocated for telecommunications and dissemination of the vote, which includes technical support to the electoral boards and the integration of the results in the public database. As we can see, although the item for technical expenses was increased in an electronic vote, the economic margin is very wide.
But let’s imagine that spending is equalized, what would we save with online voting? If traditional voting were replaced by electronic voting like Scytl’s, we would reduce tons of paper and plastics, thousands of hours of open polling stations, with their electricity and other supplies such as water or heating, millions of trips, in their the vast majority in private cars, and surely you can think of some more.
For example, the problems faced by people with disabilities when they want to exercise their right to vote, are in the news every time an election is held. Voting from home would avoid the prejudice and discrimination that some people have compared to others when exercising their right to vote.
If you are interested in this topic, you can find more information about the environmental impact of the elections here.
Every day we use online technology to carry out operations of different kinds, some profane and others more delicate and important, such as managing an online bank account. Therefore, an online voting should not be something difficult or complicated, or something with which today’s society does not feel familiar, in this sense Scytl and its online voting technology is a developed and mature system to be able to carry this out to fruition. task.
But why stay in an election? In a congress or in any area where you have to exercise a vote, only one vote, is it worth traveling hundreds of kilometers for that action? Reduce, efficiency, across the board and this is no exception.