Benefits of electronic voting

Electronic voting

Electronic voting is a term used to describe the act of voting using electronic systems to cast and count votes.

Forward-thinking countries and election commissions are keen to explore how it can help them improve their elections.

Auditable, transparent, secure and accurate

For some nations, automated elections mean that people can trust the results because it allows for a process that is so auditable, transparent and secure. Of course, electronic voting also helps reduce human error.

Faster results and build trust

For other countries, particularly large ones like Brazil, India and the Philippines, electronic voting and electronic counting means that people can get official election results within hours, instead of weeks. Again, this builds trust.

Can increase engagement and turnout

For others countries, technology will be a useful way of improving voter education and registration, to increase engagement and voter turnout.

Increases accessibility

It’s also vitally important that everyone who is eligible to participate in elections can do so. And electronic voting is very good at making voting more accessible, meaning it’s easier for disable people to vote independently.

Smartmatic: the world leader in electronic voting

We lay claim to this title because we’ve processed more electronic votes (3.7 billion) in over 3,500 elections around the world – more than any other organisation.

The electronic voting system we’ve developed has been called the ‘best in the world’ by the world’s leading, independent election observer, The Carter Center.

Electronic voting that is completely auditable

One of the reasons our electronic voting system has been praised so highly is that it’s designed around the idea that all parties, citizens and election commissions are able to audit the electoral process at every stage, including before an election has even begun.   

The key to our success is what’s known as the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). Our voting machines print a paper receipt every time a vote is registered electronically. This makes it easy to perform recounts and audits because you can compare the electronic count with the paper count. It’s become the de facto standard worldwide for transparent electronic voting. What else does the VVPAT lead to?

Electronic voting that is visibly secure

The VVPAT also helps people see that our electronic voting system is completely secure. If anyone was able to hack into our system, there would be a discrepancy between the electronic count and the paper count. In over 2.5 billion votes, there never has been. Needless to say, our system also protects the secrecy of the vote.

What makes our electronic voting so safe?

Our voting machines feature data storage and transmission protected with 256-bit encryption and redundancy, a term given to a system where data is held in many different locations, to make it obvious if anyone was to change it in one.

What else do we provide apart from hardware?

We also provide electronic voting software and services – in effect everything a country needs to either improve any stage of a manual election, or to partially or fully automate the election process.

What makes our electronic voting system unique?

We design and engineer our voting technology with the mission of ensuring that all election stakeholders should have the ability to audit an election at every stage. We have pioneered the use of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), which has become the de facto standard in election technology solutions worldwide.

Our methodologies drive efficiencies into every stage of the election process. We make voter registration faster and more accurate. We also speed up voter authentication, preserve voter secrecy, and make the storage, counting and transmission of votes 100% secure. We use ground-breaking technologies, information security processes and mission critical project management methodologies to deliver unparalleled client satisfaction.

Electronic voting that’s built to order

Every country has different needs. That’s why every electronic voting solution we design is different. Having said that, whatever system we design to meet your country’s laws and requirements, we can guarantee one thing – that it will lead to fast, legitimate results.