Argentina had a 2015 full of difficulties when it came to electoral matters. First, a tight electoral schedule that forced a series of voting events all over the country; and second, there were failures not only with manual voting, but also with the Single Electronic Ballot (BUE) used in some regions.
Facing the need to fix such issues, the country eagerly awaits the electoral reform that the Executive will put forward in the upcoming weeks. The authorities have set to create a law that deals with the modernization of the voting system, where automation could replace the country’s outdated manual procedures.
Regarding the discussion this proposal entails, and which is now taking place in the political sphere, it is worth noting that successful automation cases have all dutifully taken a series of provisions, such as: adopting automation progressively; evaluating the local infrastructure and all possible obstacles; considering the system’s sustainability (i.e. its endurance and worthiness over time), and searching and comparing a variety of offerings in the market.
When it comes to automation, Argentina is already under way. In the year 2015, e-voting was successfully implemented in the Cordoba province , and the province of Salta and the city of Buenos Aires saw automated vote counting.
Finding the right automation model is a tall order, since there are several offerings from different companies. When it comes to choosing, it is vital to carry out a bidding process that meets the highest standards, and which considers the summons of international, experienced suppliers. The technology to be implemented must provide a flexible e-voting model, one which meets the legal, technical and financial needs of the country, as well as its idiosyncrasies.
The challenges are varied, but it is necessary that all authorities, political parties and citizens are careful about all the aspects of automation. Technology can be used to make any step of an election easier, but its proper and massive use will make the difference between automated and manual processes.