Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Sealing the ballot box

Sealing the ballot box means closing it off so that its contents can’t be tampered with. This is a crucial element of any free and fair election, as it helps to ensure the integrity of votes. In traditional paper ballot box elections, sealing means physically closing off the ballot box. Ballot boxes need to be sealed from the very outset of voting until they are opened for vote counting.

In online elections with POLYAS, however, the ballot box is sealed digitally and protected by our secure online voting software. This takes the hassle and expense out of making sure multiple physical ballot boxes are securely sealed, and gives you the peace of mind to know that the integrity of the vote will be maintained.

See also: Ballot Box Election, Online Voting, Data Security

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