Friday, November 3, 2017

Lombardy votes electronically

Picture by Close To Media
On October 22 the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in a referendum to decide on greater autonomy for Rome.
In Lombardy, citizens used electronic voting machines to cast their ballot. On the day of the referendum more than 3 million voters - at least 40% of the eligible voters - went to the polling stations to use 24,000 touch-screen voting machines.
The president of the Lombardy region, Roberto Maroni, expressed his satisfaction with the way in which technology facilitated the voting process. "This is a historical democratic experiment, which places us before the future."
The technology helped guarantee greater accessibility and transparency in the processing of results, which could be consulted online through a web page. As seen on the video below, electronic voting machines were taken to the homes of senior citizens in order to facilitate their participation.

Lombardy is the most prosperous region in Italy, with GDP per capita about 35% higher than the European average.