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:
Authorities from the Sultanate of Oman deployed Smartmatic vote counting machines in each polling station, bringing technology closer to the voters, and making the process more efficient and transparent.
Streamlining results transmission in Brazil
During the municipal elections, Brazilian authorities relied on Smartmatic to facilitate data and voice communications from the 15 most remote states.
Only 4 hours after the polls closed, over 80% of the results had been transmitted, setting a record for speed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smartmatic 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.
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.
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.
Three Mexican states modernize its elections with Smartmatic
July 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.
Our first election in Argentina
We conduct our first major election project in Argentina. The electronic voting solution implemented in the cities of La Falda and Marcos Juarez, delivered official results only 45 minutes after polls closed.
Updating 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.
We 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.
Empowering participatory democracy in Chile
We 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.
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.
Estonia 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.
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.
Achieving social impact through technology-enabled solutions
We 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.
Our technology is used to expedite presidential election results in Brazil
Also 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.
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.
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.
The system is secure, accurate and accessible – and provides a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).
We open our new HQ in London
We are now 600 people in 15 offices around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
We 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.
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.
We 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.
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.
Helping America vote securely, transparently and reliably
Our technology features in elections throughout 17 US states – and in Washington DC, the nation’s capital.
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.
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.
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.
We open our R&D centre in Taipei.
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.
Our HQ moves to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
We launch our advanced automation platform, NEA
Enabling hyper-secure connection between devices, it’ll form the basis of our future election platform.
We develop our first voting machine.
We launch our bank branch automation solution, based on our Smartnet platform, to increase security for key customers in the Mexican banking sector.
We file our first 20 utility patents in the USA.
We launch Smartnet -one of the earliest platforms to enable the 'Internet of Things'- a solution designed to make online protocols highly secure.
The 'hanging chad' incident in Florida inspires Smartmatic to start research on voting technology.
Smartmatic was founded in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.