Argentina has been studied for years the possibility of modernizing the vote. Some provinces already have legislation that provides automation processes and some localities in 2011 blunted its use. However, for now, there is no national government plan, that puts on a near horizon the adoption of the technology that updates the vote of this southern nation.
Media, politicians, authorities and citizens dicsuss on what stops the impementation of electronic voting in Argentina. Some of the answers are: fears, doubts, economic and political interests and even ignorance. Probably all of them are part of the reality, yet the country has witnessed a trickle of automated suffrage that has been overcoming the resistance, but the road is still long.
The discussions between experts and politicians intersect with the electoral process. This year there will be municipal and regional elections, and presidential election in October. Meanwhile, several provinces are continuing the search for technological solutions that meet their needs to automate the vote.
There are various national and international companies who have offered their services to Argentina. Foreign capital include the Spanish company Indra (already has experience in the country) and Smartmatic (has implemented electronic voting in countries like Venezuela and the Philippines) as well as national companies such as Magic Software Argentina (MSA), Altec and Allpa. There are many options, but what the country needs is decision.
Not long ago in Buenos Aires experts and officials met to discuss electronic voting. Among the findings one of the highlighted conclusions was that the public will be open to make the transition between voting and voting tech manual, and that there will not be a national law to establish this form of voting, but each town would have autonomy when deciding which path to take. La Rioja and Catamarca are on that path.
Slowly the route that will face Argentina’s decision to automate their elections has been clearing. In this country since 2003, testing pilots have taken place and in some regions they have already made a formal electronic election (Pinamar), but the selection of the system to underpin the introduction of electronic voting nationwide is still incipient.
Technological solutions the successful tests are available. An oficial decisión is what’s needed to give Argentina the opportunity to have a mechanism to provide security, speed and electoral transparency to its citizens, a to compete with their South American peers, specially those that are very advanced in the deployment of automated voting.