Online elections would make it very convenient for people to participate in a Direct Democracy. However, given that traditional paper ballots are significantly less prone to election fraud than electronic voting, especially with machines made by Diebold and ES&S, there is room for concern that online votes can also be hacked.
Both election fraud and voter fraud might be prevented, for example, by Follow My Vote’s blockchain method, an audit trail for a database which is managed by a network of computers where no single computer is responsible for storing the database.
Initially, Direct Democracy elections might be held with a combination of paper ballots at local government offices and post offices and blockchain online ballots to test the reliability of the system.
Alternatively, voters using traditional polling locations might assign a multi-digit alphanumeric secure password to their vote and check it later against an online record of all votes.