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Curaçao’s 2007 insular council election: Audits

1. Nine days before election day, we held the first electoral simulation in the Electoral Council’s offices. Its purpose was to check all Smartmatic technology components and services to be deployed in the election. For this demonstration, we programmed two voting machines with data similar to that which would be used in the real election. Authorized personnel tested them by simulating the voting, tallying and post-count auditing processes.

2. Once the 159 voting machines were ready, the Electoral Council randomly selected five to undergo a full, end-to-end audit, following the same procedure which would take place on the day of the election. For this evaluation, official data were used in the equipment configuration, so that the auditors could examine the whole technological platform according to the same conditions that would apply on Election Day, 20 April, 2007.

The five machines were evaluated under three different conditions:
a. Maximum number of votes allowed per machine (according to official figures of citizens inscribed and allowed votes).
b. At least a vote for each available option, plus at least one blank vote for each machine. The Electoral Council validated that all of the available options matched the design of the electoral ballots.
c. Free vote: it was proven that different voting options, randomly made until they covered each and every possible option, were successfully made.

The registry of all the votes was validated and filed in preparation for the post-tally evaluation of the transmission and counting process. Additionally, tests were performed to check the replacement of removable memory, the replacement of machines in the event of a malfunction and the contingency plan in case of an electrical failure. All of these produced satisfactory results within the expected time.