Sociologists: almost 40% of Muscovites do not trust electronic voting

Sociologists: almost 40% of Muscovites do not trust electronic voting

31 August , 17:10PoliticsPhoto: keystone
Experts from the Levada Center have published the results of a survey on the attitude of Russians to the system of “electronic voting”.

According to sociologists, the level of user confidence in remote forms of expression of will in elections is low: half of the respondents are convinced that the results of electronic voting can be easily falsified.

“39% of Muscovites do not trust electronic voting. Exactly half of the respondents supported electronic voting. Of these, 51% named “voting from home” among the advantages, 44% said it was “convenient, simple and comfortable”. 19% of the survey participants noted that electronic voting "saves time", - quotes Dozhd the results of the poll.

As Meduza clarifies, about 47% of opponents of electronic voting are convinced that archives with voter data can be hacked, and the results can be falsified. About 19% of respondents do not trust electronic counting, 14% are dissatisfied with the fact that such a vote “lacks control and transparency”, and its results “cannot be verified”, for another 11% the digital form of voting turned out to be too complicated and incomprehensible.

After analyzing the results of the poll, experts came to the conclusion that electronic voting, as a rule, is supported by supporters of the authorities, and representatives of the opposition do not trust this form of elections.

For the first time, the electronic voting system was used in the elections to the Moscow City Duma in 2019. Immediately after the end of the voting, the data of Moscow Internet voters were posted on the Web. Thus, a gap in the security system of digital electoral technologies introduced by the authorities has become obvious, which put citizens at risk and make them easy prey for Internet scammers.

Then, without the necessary "correction of errors", the electronic voting system was tested from June 25 to July 1, 2020 when voting on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by voters in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. The CEC said that the turnout in electronic voting was 93.02%, but independent researchers are convinced that this data does not correspond to reality.

As follows from the observations of Meduza journalists, when voting on amendments to the Constitution, the authorities “actually made available the personal data of all Internet voters in Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod Region,” while thousands of invalid passports took part in the voting itself.

As a result of the voting, 1,190,726 entries with the passport data of Russians, which were in the weakly protected archive, were in the public domain. Exactly so many voters, according to the authorities, signed up for remote electronic voting. Thus, the Russian authorities actually made public the personal data of all Internet voters who participated in the voting.

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