Argentina: Securing voter authentication with biometrics

The authentication of voters is a first crucial step towards a legitimate election. This is why, around the world, authorities are relying on biometrics to maximize the transparency and efficiency of this process. According to International IDEA, as of 2016, 35% of more than 130 electoral commissions surveyed are capturing biometric data as part of their voter registration process.

In 2017, the National Election Chamber of Argentina selected Smartmatic to validate the identity of voters during the open primaries elections held in August and the legislative elections in October.

Authorities hired Smartmatic to furnish a solution that would enable poll workers to swiftly manage voter authentication in 6 Northern provinces (Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Formosa, Misiones and Salta), and in 14 municipalities of the greater Buenos Aires.