Voting is compulsory in Singapore as it is as much a fundamental right of citizenship as it is a civic responsibility to be exercised by citizens to choose and elect their leaders in a democracy. All Singapore citizens whose names are in the registers of electors have to cast their votes on Polling Day.
Singaporeans residing overseas may vote at one of the overseas polling stations by first registering as an overseas elector. The easiest way to do so is using our eServices by logging in with your SingPass. Successfully registered voters can proceed to vote at their allotted overseas polling station on Polling Day. Alternatively, they can come back to Singapore and vote at the local polling station allotted to them.
The selection criteria of where to set up overseas polling stations are:
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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