United States: Innovation helping 35 million voters in more than 50 elections
Smartmatic was founded in 2000 in Florida. Since then, it has grown to be the multinational leader in elections technology, having supplied voting systems and services to more than 25 countries, including the United States.
In 2018, Los Angeles County, having designed a completely new voting system, engaged Smartmatic for systems integration, engineering and manufacturing of Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP). The innovative voting system VSAP officially debuted in the 2020 Presidential Primaries. According to an exit poll conducted by the Loyola Marymount University, 87.1 % of voters described their overall voting experience as “excellent” or “good”. 75 % of voters said voting in the primaries was easier than voting in previous elections.
Smartmatic participated in its first US election during the 2005-2006 election cycle providing technology and support services to clients of its subsidiary, Sequoia Voting Systems, in 300 jurisdictions across 16 states, including some 60,000 voting devices to the city of Chicago and to Cook County, Illinois.
Smartmatic's R&D labs have produced technology which has facilitated voting, results transmission, vote tallying and other crucial tasks of election administration.
Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP)
This portable Ballot Marking Device (BMD) combines a touchscreen user interface and a ballot printer in a user-friendly device. It can also be equipped with a ballot collection box. Conceived by Los Angeles County election officials with public and professional input, VSAP produces a paper ballot with human-readable text that can be verified by the voter and audited by election administrators. It is accessible for voters with disabilities and can be programmed to display in multiple languages.
Online voting solution built around the successful Estonian online voting system–the longest-standing, most advanced system in the world. TIVI was successfully used in the 2016 Utah GOP Presidential caucus. Online voting enfranchised Utah residents in more than 45 countries, including places as far as South Africa, Japan and French Polynesia. This was the first ever government election conducted using blockchain technology.
Touchscreen voting machine specifically designed and manufactured for the US market. The Edge2Plus was sold in 2005 to the city of Chicago and to Cook County, IL.
A device developed to consolidate data from different voting machines, print consolidation reports and transmit precinct totals to a central tabulation center. HAAT is one of the more than 20 US-patented inventions owned by Smartmatic.
A successful election requires more than good technology, so Smartmatic has offered in the US a wide range of election support services to improve juisdictions’ operational efficiency.
- Technical Support
- Election configuration and setup, including: election database configuration, ballot style creation and precinct configuration
- Testing and certification of election configuration: voting machine configuration, ballot configuration testing, end-to-end system testing and certification
- Remote technical support to service personnel on-site during the installation and deployment of the election system
- On-site technical support during election day
- Installation of data centers
- Maintenance of hardware and software
- Warehouse set up and operation