New technologies and COVID-19The current crisis prompts us to rethink the way we administrate our democracies. New technologies are seen as an opportunity to continue democratic life remotely.

In 2017, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)5 on standards for e-voting. This Recommendation is accompanied by its Guidelines and its Explanatory Memorandum and deals with the most critical part of electoral technology, namely electronic voting, which means the use of electronic means to vote and count votes. This category includes systems such as direct registration electronic voting machines (DREs), voting scanners, digital pens and internet voting systems.

Before implementing any electronic voting process, Member States are invited to refer to this recommendation. This aims to harmonise the implementation of the principles of democratic elections and referendums when using electronic voting, thereby strengthening voters' confidence in their respective voting and electronic voting processes.

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