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Venezuela’s 2012 regional elections: Technology

Venezuela was the first country in the world to fully automate a national election. To achieve this we used a variety of tools, including voting hardware and software, as well as biometric registration hardware.

Hardware

Voting machines (SAES-4000 series)

  • Latest-generation touchscreen voting machines, with extensions for e-ballots (to show the large choice of candidates) and compatible with the biometric authentication device
  • 100% auditable. The key design feature here is an integrated printer, for vote vouchers, precinct counts, and voting logs.
  • Votes are encrypted with 256-bit symmetrical algorithms. They are also registered several times, using redundant storage.
  • "Unblock" button to activate the voting session.
  • Secure, unidirectional data transmission via a variety of possible networks (LAN, phone lines, CDMA and satellite).
  • Accessibility module for visually-impaired voters.
  • External power backup system, functional for up to eight hours.
  • Tough, lightweight protective carry cases, made from ultra-durable, water-resistant material.

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Biometric activation of the voting session

  • Each voting machine has a biometric authentication device used to activate voting sessions. Every voter must be authenticated through his/her fingerprint in order to ‘unlock’ the machine
  • Color screen to display instructions and voter information, including the voter's photograph
  • Integrated fingerprint reader to capture the voter's biometric information
  • Support area to place the voter's ID document
  • Keypad with touch and auditory sensitivity
  • LED lights to indicate the status of processes
  • Buzzer to indicate the start and end of processes

Read more about the VIU-100

VP-1500 E-ballot

  • The voter can press upon the party's logo, the candidate's name or picture: whole areas, not small ovalsLarge, spacious ballot size and internal membranes
  • LED indicators for a visual confirmation of the voter's choice(s)

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Software

Election Management System (EMS)

This software allowed us to define and configure the election using the data provided by the CNE regarding eligible posts, candidates and political parties. It generated the configuration files for each voting machine we deployed. And it contributed to the generation of reports and legal documents with the results of the system's performance evaluation.

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Real-Time Electoral Information System (REIS)

Displayed partial results and final election bulletins. REIS supports all categories of electoral formulas, from the simplest (referenda, for instance) to the most complex vote aggregation methods, to yield final results, including single-winner and multiple-winner, as well as majority rule and proportional representation methods.

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Election-360

Software that monitored and managed the technicians and operators whose job it was to deploy the voting machines. It also supported real-time control of the opening, closure, transmission, and audit of the 36,220 polling booths – and the support incidents during Election Day.

Read more about Election-360