The recent Russia Report from the Intelligence and Security Committee highlights how the dispersed, paper-based nature of voting in the UK protects it from foreign cyber-interference.
It’s a reminder of one of the major downsides of online voting. A little while back, Tom Scott nicely summarised the powerful arguments against electronic voting for public elections* in a video. Given his own expertise, it also makes the point that the problems with electronic voting look worse the more you really know about how computers and security work.
With the Russia Report having made such issues timely once more, here is his video again:
For more on the topic, see my post from back in 2013: “E-voting coming back to life?“.
* I say “public elections” because the smaller an electorate is, the more private the organisation it is for, the fewer the problems if the wrong people are elected and the easier it is to re-run an election weeks or months afterwards without causing chaos, the more attractive it can be to bank cost savings from electronic voting compared with its risks and insecurities.