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Tripped at the Finishing Line: The Åland Islands Internet Voting Project

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The Åland Islands spent years preparing an internet voting system, to be implemented for the first time in October 2019 for Parliamentary Elections. Despite this, the project was canceled the evening before the expected release date. In this paper, we explore the causes of this failure using a two-pronged approach including Information System failure perspectives and the approach to e-voting Mirabilis, focusing on organizational elements which provoked the decision not to use the system.


  • Åland Islands
  • Internet voting
  • System failure
  • Organizations
  • Convenience voting

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    As described in the leaflet produced by the government of Åland to explain how Elections function to citizens: “Election on Åland, 18 October 2015”.

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    Statistics and Research Åland, URL:

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    Åland Digital Agenda, see:

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    Available at: Last accessed 15 June 2020.

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    For further details on the General Data Protection Regulation in the Alandic elections, see the work of Rodríguez-Pérez [17].

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    In this regard, it is worth noting that it was not possible to interview the vendor in charge of the penetration test due to a disclosure agreement. The views collected in this research might be distorted due to this issue.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857622, and from the Estonian Research Council, under grant agreement PUT 1361.

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Duenas-Cid, D., Krivonosova, I., Serrano, R., Freire, M., Krimmer, R. (2020). Tripped at the Finishing Line: The Åland Islands Internet Voting Project. In: , et al. Electronic Voting. E-Vote-ID 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12455. Springer, Cham.

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