SOURCE: Medios Milenium

June 24, 2013 10:00 ET

Electronic Voting: A Tendency Gaining Support Around the World

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2013) - The use of technology in the electoral process is a tendency that has been gaining ground, to the point that in today's world, three in every ten voters use an automated method. Latin America has not escaped the tendency: countries such as Brazil and Venezuela are at the forefront and several electoral authorities are studying the adoption of electronic voting on future election days.

Prestigious international organizations dedicated to strengthening electoral systems, such as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), speak of the benefits that electronic voting systems demonstrate compared to traditional ones:

1. Security: Multiple security mechanisms resulting from the combination of internationally recognized algorithms and based on accepted standards that accommodate a totally protected architecture.

2. Speed: Technology not only permits the voter to cast his or her vote quickly, but also ensures that all processes associated with election day are completed more smoothly. The total of the results can be obtained in a matter of minutes, guaranteeing zero numerical inconsistencies. It is possible to produce lists of partial results and to automatically publish them on the Internet. The speed of voting and receiving the results is an incentive for citizen participation.

3. Auditability: One of the key advantages of technology is that each vote is stored several times in order to have back-ups that ensure multiple audits before, during and after the electoral events.

4. Precision: All votes are counted, no vote is misinterpreted and there is no place for human error during voting and counting.

5. Flexibility: Given that every country has its own rules and laws for casting and counting votes, the technology can be independently configured for different elections using different methods.

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