Japan Eyes Online Voting for Expatriates

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--A government panel said Friday that it is feasible to introduce an online voting system for Japanese expatriates in national elections.

Technical hurdles concerning voter identification can be overcome with the use of the My Number ID cards, according to a report compiled by the internal affairs ministry panel.

The ministry plans to conduct an online voting test in fiscal 2019 and request funds for the trial under the government's budget for year from April next year, ministry officials said.

It hopes to revise the public offices election law in fiscal 2020 at the earliest so that the Internet voting system will be introduced for Japanese people living abroad, they said.

"I think it's desirable to introduce the online voting system at an early time," internal affairs minister Seiko Noda told a press conference on Friday.

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