Smartmatic

Our history

Smartmatic has helped hundreds of millions of voters cast 5 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:

Today

May, 2021

7 elections in 6 countries over 5 months

We help our clients delivering cutting-edge technology, systems integration, warehousing, logistics, recruiting and training, and Help Desk operations for election events.

November, 2020

VSAP Debuts in Los Angeles

1.6 million Los Angeles County residents vote on the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) system. 87.1% of voters rate the overall experience as “excellent” or “good.”

2019

May, 2019

Philippines' 4th national automated election

Smartmatic provided the tools for results transmissions, ballot boxes and batteries. In 2018, the country purchased 92,509 Smartmatic optical scanners for vote counting.

March, 2019

New online voting record in Estonia

Online participation reached 44,4% of all votes cast in Estonia’s Parliamentary elections, an increase of 40% over the same elections in 2015.

2018

October, 2018

Woman uses Smartmatic technology during the 2018 Belgian electionsTmely election results in Belgium

Our customized election solution allows Belgian authorities to broadcast timely results during the local elections held across the country.


June, 2018

Modernizing elections in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County selects Smartmatic to help election authorities manufacture and implement the County’s new system for 2020.

June, 2018

Smartmatic on election integrity council

Smartmatic joins the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Sector Coordinating Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector.

May, 2018

85% online voting participation in Norway

Voters in the Norway's Finnmark province use the Smartmatic-Cybernetica online voting solution during a referendum. 85% of participants preferred voting online.

2017

October, 2017

Italy's first fully automated election

Authorities rely on Smartmatic for technology and services to deploy 24,700 touchscreen voting machines across Lombardy to serve 7.8 million voters.

October, 2017

Voter using Smartmatic biometric technology during the 2017 Argentinian electionsArgentina succeeds with biometric technology

The National Election Chamber  uses Smartmatic technology for voter identity in Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Formosa, Misiones & Salta and 14 municipalities in Greater Buenos Aires.

April, 2017

Efficient voter management in Armenia

More than 4,000 VIU-800 biometric devices authenticate voters during Parliamentary elections in April. Our technology also helps operators manage polling stations.

January, 2017

Poll worker using Smartmatic technology to register a voterVoter registration in Sierra Leone

Our biometric technology helps authorities in Sierra Leone to register voters across the entire country ahead of the 2018 national elections.

2016

December, 2016

Voter casts a ballot with Smartmatic technologyModernizing elections in Oman

Authorities in Oman deploy Smartmatic vote counting machines in polling stations, making the process more efficient and transparent.

March, 2016

Voters praise Internet voting in Utah

In Utah’s Republican primary, 80% of voters who registered online cast votes online. 94% describe the experience as good. 97% would prefer voting online in the next election.

February, 2016

Biometric technology used in Ugandan elections

Uganda deploys 30,500 biometric devices to accurately authenticate voters in its general elections.Here are some testimonials from voters who used this technology.

2015

December, 2015

Women tests a Smartmatic voting machine in ChileVoters in Chile use i-voting & e-voting

Residents of Chile’s Maipu Commune cast ballots online or in precincts equipped with electronic voting machines to decide how to allocate public funds among 225 projects.

November, 2015

Smartmatic electronic voting KyrgyzstanEnd-to-end electronic voting in Kyrgyzstan

We deploy biometric authentication and electronic voting for student senate elections at the American University of Central Asia in Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan.

November, 2015

Sierra Leone streamlines results transmission

Our technology enables election authorities in remote areas in Sierra Leone to streamline election result transmission and certify the results via biometrics.

November, 2015

Richmond tests ePen election technology

Richmond, Virginia tests our ePen during the general election. This groundbreaking device allows officials to streamline reporting and results transmission.

July, 2015

Three Mexican states modernize elections

Operators in a results consolidation center in Mexico Smartmatic's third election in Mexico includes streamlining preliminary results for an election in Chiapas. We helped Campeche and Tabasco earlier in the year.

July, 2015

Our first election in Argentina

Smartmatic elections ArgentinaWe conduct our first major election in Argentina. The electronic voting solution is used in La Falda and Marcos Juarez to deliver official results just 45 minutes.

June, 2015

Smartmatic ISOSmartmatic earns two ISO certifications

Smartmatic earns ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certifications, reflecting our commitment to improvement.

2015

Empowering participatory democracy in Chile

Smartmatic elections in ChileWe help citizens from the Buin Commune in Chile move towards a more participatory model of democracy during the seventh edition of the "I opine" citizen initiative.

June, 2015

Improving public safety in the Philippines

Smartmatic technology powers Bataan's emergency command center for the Metro Development Authority and Provincial Disaster Management Council.

2014

November, 2014

Achieving social impact through technology

Smartmatic CEO, Antonio Mugica and Chairman, Lord Mark Malloch-BrownCEO Antonio Mugica and Chairman Lord Mark Malloch-Brown launch SGO to help governments improve elections, efficiency, pollution control, and identity management.

October, 2014

Faster election results in Brazil

Brazil general electionsIn October, Brazil uses our technology to facilitate efficient voice and data communication services for 15 of its most remote states during their general elections.

October, 2014

Modernising UK elections

A poll worker using the ePenThe ePen, a digital pen to improve the speed, accuracy and integrity of traditional ballot-counting processes, is used for the first time in a local UK election.

June, 2014

Centre for Excellence advances internet voting

Smartmatic Internet VotingThe new multidisciplinary center for research and development in Estonia will advance remote and internet voting for use on a global scale.

May, 2014

Belgians vote in three elections on one day

Belgians vote with Smartmatic technologyBelgium conducts the first European Union Parliamentary election ever to use a voter verified e-voting solution, with our technology.

February, 2014

Successful electronic voting election in Ecuador

We deliver auditable and secure results in local elections in record-breaking time for the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.

2013

2013

Smartmatic updates civil registry in Haiti

Haiti updates its civil registry system

By creating a better database, we help Haiti provide its citizens with better services in the years following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

April, 2013

Venezuela organizes elections in record time

Smartmatic election technology helps ensure result integrity where the two main candidates were separated by just 1.49%. All parties audit the voting platform 15 times.

2012

November, 2012

Former US President Barack Obama casts a ballot on a Smartmatic machine

Smartmatic technology is used in the USA

The system is used in Chicago, the third largest jurisdiction in the US. It is secure and accessible, and provides a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).

2012

Smartmatic opens London office

Smartmatic opens new HQ in London

The company relocates from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom. Smartmatic now employs some 600 people in 15 offices and R&D centers around the world.

October, 2012

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.

October, 2012

Election services for Brazil

We set up 500,000 voting machines, hire and train support staff for 400,000 vote centers, and configure and deploy 1,320 BGAN Sabre satellite terminals to transmit results.

2011

2011

Smartmatic in Cartagena

A smarter transport system for Cartagena

We win an 18-year contract to implement and operate an automated fare-collection and fleet-management system for mass transportation in Cartagena, Colombia.

2011

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.

2010

2010

Smartmatic's voter register for Zambia

A new voter register for Zambia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chooses Smartmatic for Zambia's biometric voter register. Voter registration increases 40%. Read the case study.

May, 2010

Largest outsourced automated election

Filipino voter casts ballot50 million voters in the Philippines general election are able to see the results in less than a day, despite being spread over more than 7,000 islands.

January, 2010

Smartmatic helps Haiti's earthquake recovery

Following a devastating earthquake, we send people and equipment register citizens, which helps put aid where it is most needed in less time.

2009

August, 2009

Poll workers transport biometric equipment

World's fastest biometric registration program

In Bolivia, Smartmatic delivers the fastest biometric voter registration in the world – 5 million citizens in less than 75 days. Read the case study

2009

Mexico expands biometric registration

Biometric registration allows Mexico's government to issue citizens national identity cards. Our rugged, portable kits perform even in very remote areas. Read the case study

2008

August, 2008

Smartmatic counting machine prints resultsPhilippines’ first fully automated elections

After a complex bid, we provide a pioneering voting solution for Mindanao province that increases voter participation and delivers election results in record time.

2008

Continued growth in Far East & South America

New offices open in Manila, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo, expand Smartmatic's footprint and its ability to provide fast service worldwide.

2007

April, 2007

Voters in Curazao test Smartmatic e-voting technologyVoters in Curacao’s tests Smartmatic's e-voting

Over 76,000 citizens use auditable Smartmatic technology to vote in the Dutch Antilles' Insular Council elections. As a result, all parties accept the results' validity. 

2007

Command center saves lives and money

Smartmatic delivers advanced emergency response center in Caracas. It monitors 3,000 variables in real time enabling responses to over 1,000 emergencies a day. 

2006

2006

Encrypted results transmission in US

We provide technology and services to Chicago, the only jurisdiction in the US with encrypted results transmission. It’s the third biggest jurisdiction after LA and NYC.

2005

2005

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.

2005

Smartmatic launches technology in US

The company introduces its secure voting technology platform, which offers auditable elections and rapid results delivery to US market.   

2005

New R&D center opens in Taipei

Smartmatic continues it commitment to be the industry leader in research and development by opening it second R&D facility, this one in Taipei, Taiwan.

2004

2004

World's first automated election with paper trail

Venezuela’s 2004 elections are the first election ever to use a VVPAT – voter-verified paper trail. This feature is now the de facto standard worldwide.

2004

HQ moves to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Smartmatic moves its headquarters from Boca Raton, Florida to Amsterdam, giving better global access and faster response times to customers.

2003

2003

First advanced automation platform launched

Enabling hyper-secure connection between devices, our NEA technology will form the basis of our future election platform.

2003

Smartmatic e-voting machineFirst voting machine developed

Smartmatic takes its first steps into the election industry with the development of its first automated voting machine.

2002

2002

Bank branch automation solution launched

Based on our Smartnet platform, our banking solution increases security for key customers in Mexico's banking sector.

2002

First 20 utility patent filled in US

Patented technologies developed in-house will form the basis for almost all of the company's future election devices and tools.

2001

2001

Smartnet platform launched

Smartnet is one of the earliest platforms to enable the Internet of Things (IoT), a solution designed to make online protocols highly secure.

2000

2000

Smartmatic founded

Smartmatic was founded in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.