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Japan to Test Online Voting for Overseas Citizens

Japan to Test Online Voting for Overseas Citizens

   Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's internal affairs ministry will test online voting for Japanese citizens living abroad in an effort to raise voter turnout among such people in elections.
   The ministry will conduct the test after Sunday's House of Councillors election, aiming to introduce online voting for Japanese citizens overseas as early as in the next Upper House poll in 2022, officials said.
   In the test, the ministry will check whether online voting and vote-counting work, including creating lists of eligible voters living overseas, will go smoothly.
   Eligible voters will be able to enter the voting page using devices such as smartphones and tablets by verifying their identity through registered My Number identification cards.
   To protect privacy, voting data will be sent encrypted to Japan, and personal information attached to the data will be deleted when votes are counted. Voting data left on voter devices will be also deleted.

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