Smartmatic continues voting technology innovation
London, United Kingdom – May 31, 2019 - Smartmatic continued its groundbreaking deployment of secure voting technology to Estonia, Belgium and Bulgaria during the recent European Parliament elections held on May 23 - 26. Voters in the three countries were able to cast fully verifiable votes using advanced and user-friendly technologies featuring state of the art security protections.
In Belgium, more than 23,000 Smartmatic electronic voting machines were deployed across 4,200 polling stations in Flanders and Brussels Capital. Smartmatic also provided a comprehensive suite of services to facilitate election administration including technical support, maintenance and supervision on Election Day.
“Belgium has been a leader in electronic voting since the 1990s, so it was a privilege for us to work with Belgian authorities in designing, manufacturing and deploying a proven system that has already facilitated more than 10 elections with great success,” stated Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic.
The latest advances in Smartmatic’s electronic voting systems have proven time and again to be significantly more efficient, secure and convenient than manual voting. Voters who cast their votes manually by filling out paper ballots usually experience a slow, cumbersome process that is ripe for errors. “Given the speed and accuracy with which electronic votes are processed, polling stations using Smartmatic technology saw a dramatic increase in efficiency.”
Estonia continued its leadership in secure online voting, using a platform developed by the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre for Excellence Internet Voting. Online participation increased 51% over the 2014 European Parliament elections. The online voting system allowed Estonian voters to participate anytime and from anywhere during a seven-day window using any internet-connected computer. Since it was first introduced in Estonia in 2005, online voting participation has continuously grown as voters have become accustomed to the convenience, reliability, and security offered by this advanced technology.
“Online voting in Estonia is truly groundbreaking in providing voters with security and convenience which is why online participation continues to grow across all age groups,” said Mugica. “Estonia’s online voting platform is a crucial element of what is considered today, the most advanced digital society in the world. We are proud to be part of this success story.”
In Bulgaria, the National Elections Commission deployed 3,000 voting machines as part of the transition from manual voting to secure electronic voting. Though this was the fourth time voting technology was used in Bulgaria, this was the first time that electronic votes were binding.
“Since we began automating elections in 2004, interest in election technology has continued to grow. We hope to continue partnering with election authorities around the world to ensure secure, efficient and transparent elections through advanced technology,” added Mugica.