The versatility of electronic voting II. Universities

The rudimentary mechanism to count votes marked on paper or billboards acrylic bars may be coming to an end. Institutions such as universities, conducting elections to choose officials and student representatives, and usually use paper and pencil, they begin to migrate to electronic voting machines.

The qualitative leap, not only represents an opportunity to study houses to make quick and fair elections, but it opens a gap for voting technology companies to create teams to target this market, or generate alternative options such as renting this voting machines.Thus, the electronic voting expands, bringing to the fore new ways of organizing institutional stability and balance.

One of the first experiences was administered by the University of Distance Education (UNED) in Spain, where the hand of Indra, conducted the first election of the faculty in a totally electronic way. Then the company’s systems have been used for the election of student delegates.

This process was advanced in June 2010, and the votes were encrypted and transmitted automatically to the electronic voting platform facilitating the business of technology. Voters agreed to the platform by a smart card, or through passwords, specially equipped for these elections.

About 3,000 people, including teachers and administrative personnel and services, could see the benefits of this mode of voting when electing new members of the highest representative body of the university community.

In June 2011, were crystallized an example of collaboration of the electoral institution in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico and the Autonomous University of Durango, Zacatecas Campus. To process electronic voting machines were installed two to 442 students and called for the election of the queen from that institution. The results were obtained in three hours.

Also in June this year at the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Ecuador, was elected President and Vice President of Student Association, for the first time, the activity is conducted through electronic ways, for which set up 23 polling stations.

Another example of institutional automation could be staged on November 15, 2011 by students of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH). At that time directives associations elect Colleges and Regional Centers and representatives to the University Council, for which provide for the inclusion of independent candidates, the crossing of the vote among the various levels elective gender equity with a requirement of 50% of female students in all the forms, the social audit by the accreditation of observers and transparency in the accountability for handling funds. To achieve this objective, analyze the implementation of electronic voting, and now a company that has provided services in Venezuela and Bolivia were given a demonstration. The decision is to be taken.

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