Latvia plans e-voting for 2009 elections

The Latvia Government is planning to allow voters to cast ballots by Internet in elections in 2009. The e-voting system should be up and running by March 2009, when Latvia's 1.45-million-strong electorate is due to go to the polls in municipal elections.

Meanwhile, elections to the European Parliament are scheduled in Latvia and across the rest of the 27-nation EU in June 2009. More than 30,000 people or three percent of the Estonia's 940,000 eligible voters have opted for the Internet ballot. Lithuania has said it wants its 2.7 million voters to have a chance to cast Internet ballots in parliamentary elections in 2008.