"By offering online voting, we expanded the number of options citizens have to participate and made voting as convenient as possible. Technology proved key in engaging citizens and bolstering democracy.”
James Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party | United States, 2016
“There is great satisfaction as to how we have managed electronic voting, an absolute novelty (…). We have experienced the future for Italy.”
Roberto Maroni, President of Lombardy | Italy, 2017
"The successful election and record voter participation were emblematic of the Philippines’ vibrant democracy."
Barack Obama, according to a press statement issued by The White House | The Philippines, 2016
"Smartmatic’s ePen solution was easy to use and reduced the time it normally takes to collect, validate and publish election results."
Andrew Colver (Rushmoor Borough Council’s Head of Democratic Services) | United Kingdom, 2014
"...This year’s municipal elections had the lowest cost per vote since 1996, when e-voting started in the country (...) the 2012 municipal election had a cost of R$ 395,279,694.00 (US$ 188,224,140)."
“I gave my e-vote. This is not only convenient, but a vote of confidence to one of the best IT systems in the world, a vote of confidence to the Estonian State”
Toomas Hendrik Ilves (President of Estonia) | Estonia, 2014
“The biometric system was successfully used both in our province and in other regions of the country such as Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Formosa and Misiones.”
"A model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines."
“… this experience was fruitful from two different standpoints: on one hand, it worked properly and without issues, and on the other hand, it dissuaded people from voting multiple times in different provinces."
"The voting machines have been friendly to use (…). It is efficient, quick and transparent, which is what we are most interested in."
Angel Bozan (mayor of Buin in The Maipu Province) | Chile, 2015
"The final voter register contained 3,178,663 [Sierra Leonean] citizens. Stakeholders, including civil society organisations who observed the registration exercise, consider the voter register to be inclusive and credible."
“The process of voter identification through the VADs [voter authentication devices] was conducted efficiently.”
Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Armenia | Armenia, 2017
“Biometric kits will ensure that every Sierra Leonean is registered and the issue of double registration or [double] voting will be put to rest.”
Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Palo Conteh| Sierra Leone, 2017
"The deployment of biometric verification devices at polling stations across the country was very successful, and it had a significant impact on the credibility of the presidential, legislative and local council Ugandan elections."
"Because the elections were peaceful and credible, the peso recovered."
Jose Domingo Santiago III, Head of Research at UBS | The Philippines, 2016
"Come election day, Filipinos created one of the largest paper audit trail in the history of elections with over 43 million voter-marked ballots and corresponding voter receipts, as well as over 2 million count reports, all available for auditing."
Democracy Watch Report, Philippine elections | The Philippines, 2016
"What must be clear is that the Venezuelan electoral process provides every guarantee that is need to cast a vote. Everything is very well organized. It's a solid process."
"The Commission on Elections deserves much appreciation for its management of a process, seen by many as highly credible, clean, and honest."
The Makati Business Club (MBC)| The Philippines, 2016
“The turnkey solution operated perfectly and all tasks were carried out on time and in a very professional way. The Smartmatic staff that assisted our IT engineering team performed an outstanding work.”
Andrew Wachtel - President of the American University of Central Asia | Kyrgyzstan, 2015
"In less than an hour we surpassed 85% of the vote count in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. The e-voting project has been a success in the province."
Nubia Villacís (Councilwoman of the Ecuadorian CNE) | Ecuador, 2014
"This project allowed people with disabilities, the elderly, and women who were pregnant or holding children in their arms to exercise their right to vote more easily."
"Clean, honest election always reassures investors about the stability of the country."
Melito S. Salazar (president of the Management Association of the Philippines) | The Philippines, 2013
"It’s the most comprehensive electronic system I’ve seen in the world, because every step is automated."
"All Swiss companions are very impressed by the perfection of the electoral system, the quality of democracy that we have seen."
Observers mission of Swiss Parliament | Venezuela, 2012
"I know the voting systems in South America, and I can affirm with full authority that Venezuela has one of the most advanced and reliable systems in the region and the continent."
"The strength of the Venezuelan electoral process resides on the automated voting and vote counting system (...) The automated voting system in Venezuela can be audited at every stage".
IDEA International study mission and Andres Bello Catholic University | Venezuela, 2015
“The current system, in place for the last five national votes, has reliably protected the integrity of the automated voting process”.
"I’m smiling again. The automation is a success."
Jose Melo (Chairman of the Commission on Elections) | The Philippines, 2010
"...That’s the beauty of automation. There’s no room for cheating."
Henrietta T. de Villa (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, PPCRV) | The Philippines, 2010
“We were encouraged to see so many Filipinos expressing their views and differences during the campaigns and making their voices heard at the polls today.”
U.S. Embassy in a statement | The Philippines, 2013
"We are pleasantly surprised by the great technological advance that a biometric voter registry represents for Bolivian elections."
Arístides Royo (Chief of the OAS Observers Mission - Panama) | Bolivia, 2010
"The voting system in place in Venezuela is transparent and together with Brazil’s, is one of the most up-to-date."
"Our observations confirm that the process took place without problems, and that the results were transmitted quickly in the great majority of cases."
Alistair MacDonald (Ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines) | The Philippines, 2010
"By being auditable, (the voting process) is secure and reliable. Automated voting is a technological advance where Venezuela and Brazil are pioneers in Latin America."
"Believe it or not, we found a system [from Smartmatic] far more transparent, inclusive and accountable than what we have observed in the past as monitors in the U.S."
Larry Hildes and Karen Weill (election observers) | Venezuela, 2006
"The system [from Smartmatic] developed in Venezuela is probably the most advanced system in the world to date."
EU Mission Final Report | Venezuela, 2005
"If they can do it in Venezuela, I think we can do it here in the United States, too."
Rebecca Mercuri (Ph.D. e-voting) | Venezuela, 2004