Biometrics are rapidly becoming the new standard in elections management. Election officials have traditionally relied on paper voter rolls and documents to confirm identity at the polls – a method that is highly vulnerable to fraud.
Biometrically enabled voting registers now offer strong assurance that the person who votes is in fact who they say they are. Many countries use their biometrically enabled passports or national identity cards to confirm the identities of voters at the polls. Biometric voting kiosks eliminate the hassle of casting a ballot, all while keeping the electoral process secure and anonymous. As biometrics offer such a strong confirmation of identity, some countries even allow voting online with a fingerprint or other biometric indicator.
Most common biometric modalities used in elections: