Living in an era that is marked by global mobility, e-voting is a further step towards e-democracy. E-voting enables a citizen to vote regardless of time and place.
The e-voting project was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance. Austria’s Federal Computing Centre, in cooperation with the Spanish software company Scytl, was in charge of the technical implementation of the project. When e-voting was launched during the electronic election of the Austrian National Student Union in 2009, the BRZ was responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the central server during the vote.
For identification the voter uses their citizenship card. Once the vote has been passed, the vote is encrypted and digitally signed by the citizenship card and then sent to the electronic ballet box. The encrypted electronic votes are secured inside the Federal Computing Centre until all paper votes have been counted.