As an old Russian proverb has it, "He who
doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne."
According to RIA Novosti (the Russian wire service), mobile
phone users could use their phones to cast votes in the Parliamentary elections
scheduled for 2011. According to the
report, Russia’s Central Elections Commission is working to develop a java-based
application which could be downloaded to phones and allow secure voting.
This news follows a vote last December by Estonia’s
Parliament that will allow mobile phone voting in its next
Parliamentary elections, also scheduled for 2011. Estonia allowed Internet voting in its 2007
elections and it proved secure despite worries about cyberattacks and vote
As for the U.S., some form of mobile voting is probably
inevitable. In the meantime, there’s
always American Idol.