Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Misconceptions about Electronic Voting

Failed attempts can give good things a bad name, especially when it comes to trying unknown and pioneering methods. Some of the myths that surround electronic voting come from failed trials that do not even represent the current technological advances. The UK made a messy, disastrous attempt at Internet-based voting via text message, personal computer, electronic kiosk, and even digital TV in 2003. That attempt was plagued by security issues, and faulty Internet connections rendered many kiosks useless on Election Day. However, most of the ambiguity regarding security issues has been addressed by a crucial feature: the Voter-Verified Paper Ballot (or VVPAT, Voter Verified Audit Trail). E-voting systems with paper ballots can support all needed security audits against fraud, just as older methods did, plus added efficiency and additional audits of their own. Here we discuss five common misconceptions hindering modern electronic voting systems.

Monday, October 4, 2010

All contenders endorsed accuracy of Venezuelan elections results

Under the light of the 2010 Parliamentary Elections, Smartmatic announced that once more its electoral solution performed with complete reliability and accuracy in Venezuela. Given the critical and close results for some seats in the contest, only an auditable and secure technological platform could guarantee the fairness and accuracy of the event.