Who’s behind the electronic vote?


There are over 50 companies around the world, that are devoted to develop technology to provide the possibility for the billions of people that inhabit planet earth, to choose their rulers and authorities through electronic voting. Today we present four of the companies that stand in the implementation of electoral automation, as they have faced electoral processes in countries with millions of voters, intricate geographies and technical requirements so extreme, that have made the electronic voting almost “a miracle.”

Dominion voting

www.dominionvoting.com

It has a range of automation products for the elections, ranging from the voting ballot of optical scan and tabulation, up to Internet voting. They have the adaptation of data conversion tools and services for the electoral process. They process interactive guides for comitial staff and workers jurisdiction and provide the full line of consumables and accessories.

They use project management methodologies and standards that are defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and work closely with customers to implement industry’s best practices. Dominion voting system has been used in hundreds of elections in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This month, the company took possession of the assets of Sequoia Voting Systems, a U.S. company with scanning capabilities, high-speed central count and availability of voting equipment with built-in printers (optional) to issue the document verification of the ballot paper.

Premier Elections and Election Systems & Software (ES&S)

www.premierelections.com

Premier Election Solutions (PES), was acquired by Election Systems & Software (ES & S) on September 2, 2009. As of January 4, 2010, all products and services can be found on the website of ES & S, http://www.essvote.com.

Currently, this electoral industry giant serves four countries, 39 U.S. states and has over 4000 polling stations. Among the services provided are the design and printing of ballots, voting process and tabulation of votes with the reporting on election night. It also provides the tools, training and comprehensive support for all phases of the electoral process. The ES & S technology is used especially in the U.S. and Canada.

Smartmatic

www.smartmatic.com/espanol/

The main motto of this company is “provider of technologies that allow governments to enhance transparency and efficiency of their processes,” through technological innovations in three areas: Election Solutions, Solutions for Identity Management and Systems critical to governments.

Regarding the electoral solution of this company, Smartmatic offers all the technologies and services to ensure the success of electoral projects. Smartmatic is the election technology provider with more projects in the world: 200 million votes audited in the United States, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently ran the election in the Philippines, the largest electoral project that a private company ever made (50 million voters, 82 000 machines spread over 7,107 islands, about 85 000 candidates, etc.). It is also the only company whose technology has been audited and recognized by major international observation organization from the Carter Center, the Organization of American States and the European Union, among many others.

According to their service offerings, Smartmatic can perform all phases of an election with maximum accuracy, and combines a suite of tools with a methodology for managing complex projects that allow the organization of an election from beginning to end, effectively coordinating the thousands of variables and tasks, personnel and hundreds of contractors necessary in the electoral project. Smartmatic is a provider of technology and services for the UN and has a history with some 26 major national and regional projects on three continents.

Indra

www.indracompany.com

Indra is a Spanish global technology company that operates in over 100 countries in industries as diverse as transportation and traffic, energy and industry, government, healthcare, financial services, security and defense and the electoral area. In the latter, it offers services divided into three periods: Pre-election: consulting, solutions census, process definition, election supplies, public information and training. Election Day: voter registration and identification, automation of the electoral college electronic voting solutions, counting and aggregation and dissemination of results. Post-elections: final count support, allocation of elected and statistical analysis.

It claims to have operated in 19 countries, each of which has specific needs and different laws, being able to their technology to the needs of each. Some of the attending nations belong to Spain, United Kingdom, Norway and France.

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