With all the voting going on in the US for the nomination of the next Democrat and Republican candidates, one of my friends wondered how the voting is actually carried out for Americans overseas. If there were only that few overseas Americans, then won’t it be easy for anyone to narrow down on who cast which vote?

Of course, there’s the possibility of mixing the votes (and I am talking about paper votes) and trusting that no one else will see it. After all, the Americans are people of integrity and they will not do anything that is against their conscience or constitution.

However, I added that, in Singapore, we have a more effective and efficient way of doing things like this. There may always be the risk of someone peeping into the voting slips and making second guesses, and so we make use of better and more advanced technology.

It’s called Singpass. All you have to do is to log in using your Singpass and cast your vote online. Your vote is secret. No one will be able to find out who you voted, what time you voted and where you voted from.

Right? =)

Reader's Comments

  1. Vandalin | February 28th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    ever considered that every time you go to vote, you’re checked off a nominal roll with your full name, IC number, and address.

    After that, you’re given a serialized voting slip which you deposit into a big ass metal box to be counted by the same agency that holds the nominal roll and prints the slips.

    Of COURSE the 2 will never really be tallied or corelated. And the voting zone boundaries change every time, is ONLY to make things more efficient.


  2. JayWalk | February 28th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Once you logged in using SingPass, you are identified and whoever you voted can be traced.

    The gahmen says that while it is true that this information is available, they said that they will not abuse our trust would chose NOT to access this data.

    We can only hope that they keep their promise.

  3. serialised_voter | February 28th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    For those without SingPass, you need to apply for it. You have to give the government all the necessary details to receive the SingPass passwords. It means that the government will know exactly where you are. When you login into the voting system, your IPs can be logged too.

    As Vandalin said, I find that the serialised slips are of a very big concern. I think that they write something on the nomial rolls after you collect the slips. They can don’t write the serial numbers down but they can write the time of slip collections. Well, one plus one, you know what can happen next.

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