Venezuela’s 2004 recall referendum: Scope

  • Smartmatic was responsible for developing, distributing, installing and deploying the election’s voting technology platform.
  • This included the voting hardware and software, as well as the counting, backup, transmission and tally of electoral results.
  • A total of 19,664 SAES-3000 touchscreen voting machines were used throughout the country, with more than 1,600 backup machines (between one and three per voting precinct).
  • There were 8,394 voting centers around the country, 4,766 of which were automated. And, because the voting machines were easy to use, voters were able to cast their ballots quickly, secure in the knowledge that they would be able to check their votes were recorded properly, by checking them on a paper receipt, before placing them in the ballot box.
  • The international observers, the Electoral Authority and the politicians involved in the elections validated the pre and post-electoral audits provided by the automated system and accepted the results. Despite the socio-political tensions, and the indisputable polarization of the electorate generated by the referendum itself, the electoral solution earned the respect and trust of all parties. Smartmatic is proud to have provided accurate, reliable, and auditable electoral technology.