Estonia’s online voting system sets new participation record

London, United Kingdom - March 5, 2019 - Online participation reached 44% of all votes cast during the recent Estonian elections, setting a new record for the voting platform that has become a world reference.

Since online voting was introduced in Estonia in 2005, overall turnout has continuously risen. The Parliamentary Elections held from February 21 - March 3 saw an increase of 40% in online participation over the same elections in 2015.

“We are glad to be part of this success story,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “The continuous growth of online participation in Estonia clearly demonstrates that voters trust our secure technology and welcome the convenience of casting a ballot remotely.”

In 2014, Smartmatic co-founded the Smartmatic–Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting headquartered in Tartu, Estonia. This joint venture is responsible for the updated online voting system deployed for the Estonian Parliamentary elections and has established a best-in-class standard for online voting.

“Our online voting system was developed to meet the needs of the Estonian people to provide accessibility, convenience and security,” added Mugica. “Engineers at the Smartmatic-Cybernetica were able to facilitate a seamless, free, secure and transparent vote that has also proven to be cost-efficient and convenient.”

Not only is this online system of voting secure, but a recent study entitled, How Much Does an e-Vote Cost? Cost Comparison per Vote in Multichannel Elections in Estonia conducted by a group of experts led by Professor Robert Krimmer of Tallinn University concluded that online voting is the most cost-efficient method to cast a ballot available in Estonia.