The Council of Ministers has agreed that, from 2021, tests will be carried out with a ballot that can be Counted Electronically. Minister Kajsa Ollongren wants to come up with proposals for the new ticket in 2019.
The electronic voting ballot is one of the innovations with which the Council of Ministers agreed on Friday. The new banknote must also be manually faster and easier to count and must make it easier for persons with visual impairments or for low-literate people to cast their vote.
The introduction of a new banknote is based on a recommendation from the Van Beek Commission, which was already issued in 2013. The conclusion was that counting could be done faster and that the number of errors would be reduced. The first test will take place in 2021 at the reclassification elections and then in 2022 at the municipal elections.
The minister also wants to submit a law after the summer recess, which stipulates that the election results at the municipal level and the reports are published verbally on the internet, instead of being physically visible only for a few days. Furthermore, there will be experiments with early voting to get people to vote as much as possible themselves.
Finally, experiments with central voting continue, which means that Polling Stations only count the number of votes per list. The next day the number of votes per candidate is then counted at a central location in a municipality. The idea is that this prevents counting errors.
In the last parliamentary elections, it was finally allowed that polling stations were allowed to count on a computer with the aid of a spreadsheet , after first decided for security reasons to do this entirely by hand .
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