Venezuela’s 2010 parliamentary elections: Scope

September 26th’s electoral process was 100% automated. That is, every polling location had voting machines and electronic ballots.  The election featured:

  • 36,563 voting machines (SAES-3000, SAES-3300 and SAES-4000 models)
  • 36,603 batteries distributed to contingency centers as a backup in case of power failures
  • Some 20,000 operators, all of whom were hired and trained by Smartmatic
  • 17,575,975 voters on the Electoral Registry distributed in 87 regional circumscriptions, which elected the 165 members of the Legislative Power
  • 57,010 voters living abroad registered in embassies and consulates, who were only able to vote for the Latin American Parliament
  • 36,773 active polling tables, distributed in 12,562 polling centers (most located in educational institutions)
  • The states with the most voters, and therefore the most polling centers and stations, were: Zulia, with 1,128 centers and 4,393 polling stations; Miranda, 978 centers and 3,729 polling stations; Lara, 903 centers and 2,367 polling stations; and Distrito Capital with 809 centers and 3085 polling stations.
  • Of the 1,185 new polling centers set up for this electoral event, for the first time there were 100 mobile polling stations for citizens in remote or inaccessible locations, where there was neither the infrastructure for the stations could operate nor the space to build them.