Every September 15 the world recognizes the significance of democratic freedoms by observing UN International Day of Democracy. It is a day to acknowledge the value and benefits of democracy, as well as the endless struggle to preserve, nurture and grow democratic principles in countries around the world
In observance of this day, we look back to the election projects in the last 18 months of which we’ve been lucky enough to have been part. We look at the positive impact our technologies, services and people have had in helping election officials modernize their elections. We celebrate the work of those officials in making their elections more secure and transparent, and the effort to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard.
Albania’s Central Election Commission (CEC) modernized its elections with 5,538 Smartmatic biometric voter authentication kits that were deployed nationwide to 3,500 polling places.
Smartmatic provided Kenya with an integrated election management system comprising biometric voter registration, biometric voter identification and verification, and official results transmission for the country’s 2022 general election.
Since 2010, the Philippine Commission on Elections has trusted Smartmatic for its last five national elections. In May 2022, over 110,000 Smartmatic vote counting machines helped the country achieve its fastest transmission of results ever.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County officials again used its Smartmatic-built VSAP ballot marking devices in several local elections. LA voters continue to praise the BMDs for their simplicity, accessibility and accuracy.
Some 11,500 Smartmatic voting machines were deployed in 9,607 polling centers for votes in 2021. In the second round of presidential elections, Bulgaria deployed 400 Smartmatic machines at its embassies in 21 countries, allow citizens residing abroad to exercise their right using voting machines.
Smartmatic delivered its first deployment in Georgia, combining our SAES-1800plus voting device and our VIU-818 Voter Identification unit. The deployment was quite a success, spurring Georgia’s election officials and stakeholders to push for nationwide election automation.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Honduras used biometric technology for the first time to accurately authenticate the identity of more than 3 million voters during the general elections.
The Norwegian county of Innlandet held a referendum using an online voting system provided by the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting (SCCEIV). This was the second time a Norwegian county used the TIVI system.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia deployed Smartmatic biometric e-Poll books during the 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The portable biometric devices were used at polling sites to authenticate voters and help manage polling stations.