Scytl electronic voting
Electronic voting Scytl. Image: Shutterstock

Today we analyze the two forms of voting that we can find today in voting around the world. Traditional elections where you vote on paper in a traditional ballot box are still the most common. On the other hand, for a few years now, electronic voting has been strengthening in many countries thanks to leading companies in this sector such as the Spanish company Scytl.

Reducing is the key to reducing the unsustainable amount of waste that our society generates and fighting climate change. Reduce in all aspects of our life, consume better, introduce efficiency into our lives permanently, try to do what we do with less, some trends speak of living with less.

From this new perspective on life, today we are talking about the brutal and immense impact that an election day has on the environment. Propaganda on paper, plastic … trips to polling stations … All this impact has today an alternative to online voting. In Spain, it is developed by Scytl.

Environmental impact of traditional electoral elections.

The environmental impact of traditional elections is difficult to measure, the economic impact is not easily measured, but we can refine it a little more. In 2019, in a country like Spain, each Spaniard costs an election around 2.97 euros. In this expenditure, we can include all the electoral machinery: printing of ballots and envelopes, or deployment of the police force.

But let’s not forget that the opening of the polling stations consumes energy, electricity, heating or air conditioning as the case may be, travel by car for all voters, the printing of ballots and paper envelopes, which will eventually end up in the trash, plastic urns, and surely many others that I left in the inkwell, tell me in the comments.

And we’re not talking about election propaganda, what if it’s all done online? What if all parties shared the same shipment? In the times we live in, no one understands how action is not taken in this regard, although many Spaniards, on their own, are already preventing election propaganda from reaching them, excluding themselves in copies of the electoral list which are given to representatives of the candidacies to send electoral propaganda postcards.

Environmental impact of elections with electronic voting.

According to Spanish government data, around 46.4 million is spent on electoral deployment, while 7.4 million has been allocated for telecommunications and voting broadcasting, which includes technical support to electoral commissions and the integration of electoral commissions. results in the public database. As we can see, although the item of technical expenses was increased during an electronic vote, the economic margin is very wide.

But let’s say the expenses are equal, what would we save with online voting? If the traditional vote was replaced by electronic voting like those of Scytl, we would reduce tons of paper and plastic, thousands of hours of open polling stations, with their electricity and other supplies such as water or heat, millions of trips, mostly by private car, and you can surely think of some more.

For example, the issues people with disabilities face when trying to exercise their right to vote grab the headlines every time an election is held. Voting at home would avoid the prejudices and discrimination that some people have against others in exercising their right to vote.

If you are interested in this topic, you can find more information about it environmental impact of elections here.

Every day we use online technology to carry out transactions of a different nature, some layman and others more sensitive and important, such as managing an online bank account. Therefore, voting online shouldn’t be something difficult or complicated, or something that today’s society doesn’t feel familiar with, in that sense. Scytl and its online voting technology It is a developed and mature system to be able to carry out this task.

But why stay in an election? In a convention or any area where you need to vote, one voice, is it worth it to travel hundreds of miles for this action? Reduce, efficiency, in all areas and this is no exception.