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Smartmatic has helped hundreds of millions of voters cast over 3.7 billion votes in thousands of elections around the world. Better use of technology in voting systems increases not only the transparency, efficiency and integrity of an election but also makes voting more accessible, allowing societies to reverse declining trends in turnout and citizen participation.

We are continuing to bring our groundbreaking approach to new countries every year and we are ardent promoters of the benefits of election automation. Explore our timeline to discover some of the key milestones in our history:

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June, 2016

Novel ePen solution helps Californian electoral authorities

The Electoral authorities in the Los Angeles county used the ePen to simplify and accelerate different phases of the electoral system.
 
This innovative technology improves the speed, accuracy and integrity of the counting process.  The electoral solution was put to use in Malibu, Littlerock and Downey. 

May, 2016

Record turnout and results delivery in the Philippines

For the third consecutive time we supplied our technology and services to guarantee trustworthy elections in the Philippines.

Only 4 hours after the polls closed, over 80% of the results had been transmitted, setting a record for speed. 

March, 2016

Voters praise Internet voting in Utah

Our online voting system had a welcome effect: the Republican Party in Utah witnessed an increased voter turnout during their primaries. 80.07% of the voters who registered online cast their votes from 45 different countries.

94% described the experience as good and 97% stated they would prefer voting online in the next elections.

February, 2016

Biometric technology in use during Ugandan elections

We deployed 30,500 biometric devices to authenticate, with utmost accuracy, the identities of voters taking part in the Ugandan general elections.
 
Here are some testimonials from the voters who used this technology.

2015

December, 2015

Our i-voting and e-voting technology empower citizens in Chile

Chileans from the Commune of Maipu had the opportunity to cast a ballot either online or to vote in person in precincts equipped with our electronic voting machines. Citizens voted to decide on how to allocate public funds among 225 projects proposed by the community.

December, 2015

Electronic voting plays crucial role in Venezuelan elections

Our secure automated voting platform guaranteed the flawless results of the nation’s Parliamentary vote. This represented our 14th national election in Venezuela.

November, 2015

Smartmatic electronic voting KyrgyzstanSmartmatic brings end-to-end electronic voting to Kyrgyzstan

We deployed an end-to-end solution encompassing biometric authentication and electronic voting to help conduct the student senate elections at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in the city of Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan.

November, 2015

Streamlining election results transmission in Sierra Leone

Our technology and services enabled election authorities in the remote coastal town of Bonthe in Sierra Leone to streamline result transmission. For added transparency, authorities were also able to certify the results via biometrics.

November, 2015

City of Richmond tests groundbreaking election technology

The City of Richmond, Virginia tested our ePen during the November 3 General Elections. This ground-breaking new technology allowed officials to significantly streamline the reporting process and transmission of results.

July, 2015

Three Mexican states modernize its elections with Smartmatic

JuSmartmatic electionsly marks our third participation in a Mexican election after assisting authorities in Campeche and Tabasco earlier in June. This time, we helped Chiapas election authorities to streamline preliminary results during the local elections.

July, 2015

Our first election in Argentina

We conduct our first major election project in Argentina. The electronic voting Smartmatic elections Argentinasolution implemented in the cities of La Falda and Marcos Juarez, delivered official results only 45 minutes after polls closed.

2015

Smartmatic Zambia registryUpdating Zambia’s electoral register

The Election Commission of Zambia (ECZ) partners with us to continue developing the biometric electoral register we helped create in 2010. We provide 2000 enrolment devices to register new voters and update existing information of the voting population across all 11 provinces.

June, 2015

Smartmatic ISOWe are certified by ISO

Our company is awarded an ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certification as well as an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification, reflecting our commitment to excellence and a compromise to continuous improvement.

2015

Empowering participatory democracy in Chile

Smartmatic elections in ChileWe helped citizens from the Buin commune in Chile to move towards a more participatory model of democracy during the seventh edition of the "I opine" citizen initiative.

June, 2015

Improving public safety in the Philippines

The Philippine Province of Bataan inaugurates a state-of-the-art Command Center powered by our technology, which will help authorities improve public safety and emergency management, serving as the command center for the Metro Bataan Development Authority and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

March, 2015

Smartmatic elections EstoniaEstonia continues to lead the way in i-voting

The i-voting solution developed together with Cybernetica is used in Estonia to elect a new parliament. I-voting turnout increases by 25% compared to the previous parliamentary election in 2011, continuing its growing trend of adoption.

2015

Richard Soudriette, chairman of the IEAC

We establish the International Election Advisory Council, a body within our corporate structure to advise our leadership as they assist election commissions worldwide with election technology solutions.

2014

November, 2014

Achieving social impact through technology-enabled solutions

Mark Malloch-Brown and Antonio MugicaWe launch SGO, a new venture committed to helping governments to better serve their citizens, starting with the areas of elections, government efficiency, pollution control, and identity and privacy management.

October, 2014

Our technology is used to expedite presidential election results in Brazil

Brazil general electionsAlso in October, Brazil uses our technology to facilitate efficient voice and data communication services for 15 of the country’s most remote states during their general elections.

Read the case study

October, 2014

Modernising UK elections

ePen in UK electionThe ‘ePen’ (a digital pen to improve the speed, accuracy and integrity of the traditional ballot counting process) is used for the first time in a local election in the UK.

Learn more about the ePen

June, 2014

We create the Centre for Excellence to advance Internet voting in Tartu, Estonia

Smartmatic Internet VotingThe multidisciplinary centre of research and development will study and develop the process of voting over the Internet on a global scale.

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May, 2014

Belgians vote for three elections on the same day

vBelgium conducts the first European Union Parliamentary election ever to use a voter verified e-voting solution, with our technology.

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February, 2014

Successful electronic voting election in Ecuador

We deliver auditable and secure results in record-breaking time.

Read the case study

2013

2013

Smartmatic updates civil registry in Haiti

We partner with Haiti’s National Identification Office to update its civil registry system

By creating a better database, we can help Haiti provide its citizens with better services. 

Read the case study

May, 2013

Smartmatic in Philippines Midterm Elections 2013

Smartmatic helps Filipinos register 766,672,141 votes in their midterm elections on 13 May

Our voting technology and services helped 52,333,801 eligible voters fill 18,022 positions. A more transparent voting process continues to help build greater political stability. Ratings agencies respond by raising the country to investment grade status.

Read the case study

April, 2013

Venezuela organises its Presidential elections in record time (34 days), thanks to our voting technology and services

As they’re completely auditable and accurate, they also help the country trust in results where the two main candidates were separated by just 1.49%. All parties audit the voting platform no less than 15 times. 

Read the case study 

2012

November, 2012

Obama votes on a Smartmatic machine

Our technology is used in the USA

President Obama votes on a Smartmatic voting machine in Chicago

The system is secure, accurate and accessible – and provides a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).  

2012

Smartmatic opens London office

We open our new HQ in London

We are now 600 people in 15 offices around the world.

October, 2012

Belgium chooses us to design and manufacture its election hardware and software for the next 15 years

We deploy the first batch of 20,000 machines and in October, Belgium has a successful automated election – our first in Europe.

October, 2012

Election services for Brazil

We set up a staggering 500,000 voting machines – and hire and train technical support staff for over 400,000 voting centres. We also configure and deploy 1,320 BGAN Sabre satellite terminals to transmit election results reliably and securely. 

Read the case study

2012

Jimmy Carter Smartmatic

A glowing reference from one of the world's most respected elections observers

Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Center has observed over 95 elections, calls our election solution for Venezuela ‘the best voting system in the world.’ It’s the first time an election has featured voting sessions initiated by biometric voter authentication. Because it relies on unique personal characteristics, such as fingerprints, it deters identity theft and ensures each voter can only vote once. 

2011

2011

Smartmatic in Cartagena

A smarter transport system for Cartagena

We win an 18-year contract to implement and operate an automated fare collection and fleet management system in Cartagena, as part of this Colombian city’s new integrated mass transport system.

2011

We continue to grow and invest in research and development  

We open our third R&D centre in Panama – and new offices in New Delhi.

2010

2010

Smartmatic's voter register for Zambia

A new voter register for Zambia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chooses Smartmatic to biometrically register Zambia’s citizens for voting. The number of Zambians registered to vote increases by 40%.

Read the case study.

May, 2010

We help deliver the largest fully outsourced automated election in history

Smartmatic Philippines Elections 2010A staggering 50 million voters take part in the Philippines general election, all of whom are able to see the results in less than a day, despite being spread over more than 7,000 islands.

Read the case study

January, 2010

A massive earthquake hits Haiti

We send in people and equipment to help improve public services by registering its population.

2009

August, 2009

Smartmatic in Bolivia

The world's fastest biometric registration programme

We break another record, this time for the fastest biometric voter registration in the world – five million Bolivians in under 75 days. 

Read the case study

2009

Mexico's biometric registration

We take biometric registration to Mexico, allowing the government to begin issuing its citizens with national identity cards. Our rugged, portable kits provide everything you need to capture biometric data, even in the remotest areas.  

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2008

August, 2008

Philippines 2008 elections SmartmaticWe run the Philippines’ first fully automated elections

We win a complex bid to provide a pioneering voting solution for Mindanao province that increases voter participation and delivers results in record time.

2008

We continue to grow in the Far East and South America

We open offices in Manila, the Philippines, Buenos Aires, Argentina – and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007

April, 2007

Smartmatic e-voting CuracaoWe organise and run Curacao’s elections in record time

Over 76,000 citizens take part in the most populated island of the Dutch Antilles' Insular Council elections. Our secure voting technology platform is easy to use and completely auditable. As a result, all parties accept the results' validity.  

2007

Next generation command and control. Saving lives and money

We deliver an emergency response centre for Caracas. Latin America’s most advanced yet, it will monitor around 3,000 variables concerning the city in real time  and will enable operators to handle over 1,000 emergencies a day. 

2006

2006

Helping America vote securely, transparently and reliably 

Our technology features in elections throughout 17 US states – and in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. 

2006

The USA's only encrypted election results transmission  in the country's third biggest jurisdiction 

We provide technology and services to the City of Chicago, the only jurisdiction in the US with encrypted results transmission. It’s the third biggest, after LA and NYC.

2005

2005

Validation from people who matter

The Carter Center, founded by Jimmy Carter to advance human rights, and the European Union validate our voting technology as secure, reliable and auditable.

2005

We launch our technology in the US markets 

They're ready to benefit from our secure voting technology platform that offers people auditable elections that deliver rapid results.  

2005

We open our R&D centre in Taipei.

2004

2004

Our first automated election and the first in the world to feature a paper trail

After a few years trying e-counting, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council brokered a competitive tender to provide e-voting technology that would guarantee total accuracy, efficiency and transparency by automating the entire election. We won and began conducting the Venezuelan elections in 2004. It was the first election in the world to feature a paper trail – what’s called a VVPAT – a voter-verified paper audit trail. This feature has now become a de facto standard worldwide. Why? Because it allows voters to verify that the machine has properly recorded their choices. It also enables audits and recounts. 

2004

Our HQ moves to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

2003

2003

We launch our advanced automation platform, NEA

Enabling hyper-secure connection between devices, it’ll form the basis of our future election platform.

2003

Smartmatic e-voting machineWe develop our first voting machine.

2002

2002

We launch our bank branch automation solution, based on our Smartnet platform, to increase security for key customers in the Mexican banking sector.

2002

We file our first 20 utility patents in the USA.

2001

2001

We launch Smartnet -one of the earliest platforms to enable the 'Internet of Things'- a solution designed to make online protocols highly secure.

2000

2000

The 'hanging chad' incident in Florida inspires Smartmatic to start research on voting technology.

2000

Smartmatic founders

Smartmatic founded

Smartmatic was founded in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.