The Elections Department has considered other means of voting such as Internet voting or postal voting for overseas voters.
While Internet voting may appeal to some, it has various challenges like difficulties in authenticating voters, preventing impersonation and ensuring voting secrecy. In addition, there are system reliability issues and security risks, such as vulnerability to hacking and cyber-attacks. Auditing the voting results in the event of a petition to the Election Judge is also more challenging and potentially problematic. The use of SingPass can only overcome the difficulties with authentication partially, but not the other challenges with Internet voting.
In postal voting, there are risks with security and secrecy of the ballot as it may be lost or tampered with during postal delivery. In addition, ballot papers have to be sent to the voter at their registered overseas addresses and they have to mail back the marked ballot papers to the Returning Officer by a certain date. It is difficult to ensure that the ballots will get back on time to be counted. Late votes and missing votes will result in controversies.
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