Smartmatic has expanded its risk-mitigation portfolio, refocusing it on election continuity during the COVID-19 crisis.
Election officials dealing with the unique challenges of the COVID-19 crisis have two main priorities.
- Conduct secure and accessible elections as scheduled.
- Minimize the risk of coronavirus spread among voters and election workers.
Smartmatic recognizes that jurisdictions may not be able to drastically adjust their voting methods for their next election. The best course of action for many jurisdictions may be to focus on finding an appropriate balance between scaling up vote by mail services and making in-person voting and operations as safe as possible.
Our election continuity solution includes integrated services and technologies and consists of three programs.
1. Safe In-Person Voting
Smartmatic assists jurisdictions with mitigating the risk of infection of coronavirus spread among poll workers, employees and voters in polling places. Working closely together with infectious disease experts, we take a holistic approach assessing all election processes, procedures and communications using our election-process design methodology to help you mitigate the risk of infection based on science.
2. Safe At-Home Voting
When in-person voting is not an option, we help bring the ballot to the voter with an additional accessible voting channel. Our secure Online Ballot Delivery platform enables voters to access their ballot from the safety of their home via smartphone, tablet or computer. It helps jurisdictions reduce the pressure on their vote-by-mail infrastructure.
3. Safe Election Worker
This program follows the same approach as Safe In-Person Voting but focuses on mitigating the risk of infection for election workers at other facilities, such as warehouses, tally centers, and help desks.