eVotUM: electronic voting system
A secure electronic voting system, via web, that protects anonymity.
The platform’s development project was of relatively high complexity and risk, involving extremely demanding requirements. The implementation took into consideration, the University of Minho’s electoral process rules, as well as the highly complex technical mechanisms that were necessary to ensure the safety of the ballot boxes and votes, as well as to eliminate the possibility of fraud. Dipcode’s team integrated the application with complex algorithms created by partners specialized in cryptography.
confidentiality, integrity, auditability
The eVotUM’s development was based on open source technologies, namely Django, with which Dipcode’s team has a wealth of experience and know-how. The development team had a strong focus on security and availability, ensuring, among other characteristics, anonymity, confidentiality, integrity, auditability, and the transparency of the electronic vote.
Additionally, the system was integrated with internal UM services, as well as external services, such as, Autenticação.Gov, which enables authentication using the Portuguese Citizen’s Card.
Prior to the election, the eVotUM was targeted by an extensive battery of tests, including the widest range of scenarios, in order to ensure its complete and proper functioning.
Voters were able to vote safely and confidentially, from any computer with Internet access. The voting process included a confirmation step, with a code being sent by e-mail or to the voter’s cell phone. The vote is deposited in a ballot box as soon as it is confirmed.
The University of Minho
The University of Minho was the pioneer in adopting a system of electronic voting. The eVotUM platform was debuted in the elections for the academy’s General Council, held last March 21st of 2017. The election occurred as expected and the inaugural eVotUM election was a success.
The University of Minho was founded in 1973 and is now one of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions, gradually becoming more prominent internationally. The institution has now reached three campus locations: the Gualtar Campus, in Braga, and the Azurém and Couros Campi, in Guimarães.
The University of Minho offers a wide range of courses corresponding to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of studies, leading to undergraduate (BA/BSc), graduate (MA/MSc) or doctorate (PhD) degrees. In addition to these cycles of studies, the university also administers a variety of courses that do not aim at the obtaining of a degree, including specialized training courses (corresponding to the 2nd cycle) and advanced study courses (corresponding to the 3rd cycle). The University further administers open courses in different subjects and a preparation course for Higher Education Attendance (over 23 years old).