Election Universe

Germany decides as world watches

    Germany decides as world watches

On September 24, Germany is set to elect members of the Bundestag, the country’s lower house.  Some 61 million eligible voters are expected to cast their votes that could decide [...]

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Africa’s Election Season 2017

    Africa’s Election Season 2017

Following recent elections in Algeria, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Senegal, the African continent is preparing to observe several more elections- including the first local elections in Tunisia, legislative elections [...]

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Elections in Europe – Winter Season

    Elections in Europe – Winter Season

With the month of July soon ending, the international community still waits to see a number of critical elections be held in Europe- including presidential elections in Slovenia, parliamentary elections [...]

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Entrepeneur lauds online voting in Estonia as the future

    Entrepeneur lauds online voting in Estonia as the future

Noted internet entrepreneur Kalev Leetaru recently cited the Estonian online voting system saying that the ability it gives to voters to cast their vote and verify it by using two different [...]

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The Business of Voting

    The Business of Voting

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Institute  of the University of Pennsylvania recently published a comprehensive report on the U.S. election technology industry.‘The Business of Voting’ closely analyzes the market trends, [...]

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High turnout marks Turkish plebiscite

    High turnout marks Turkish plebiscite

Eighty six per cent of the 58 million registered Turkish voters turned up in polling precincts to decide whether or not to adopt 18 proposed amendments in the Constitution.While Turkish [...]

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10 fast facts about the upcoming Bulgarian elections

    10 fast facts about the upcoming Bulgarian elections

Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections on March 26. Originally scheduled in 2018, the elections were bumped up following the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the failure of the political [...]

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Modernizing elections – Recommendations by WebRoots Democracy

    Modernizing elections – Recommendations by WebRoots Democracy

In January, WebRoots Democracy published a report entitled ‘Democracy 2.0’, which analyzes the progress made since 2015 when the UK’s Speaker of the House, John Bercow, reported the findings of [...]

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Enfranchised is empowered: how tech can ensure all voters can vote

    Enfranchised is empowered: how tech can ensure all voters can vote

In an age when so much can be accomplished without ever stepping outside,  it seems anachronistic and downright anomalous to hear of voters still not able to vote just because [...]

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Powering democracy in Africa through Technology

    Powering democracy in Africa through Technology

Technology is playing a big role in strengthening democracy by modernizing election administration. This was noted by Brigalia Bam, former chairperson of Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa who wrote [...]

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Technology a boon to voters in India

    Technology a boon to voters in India

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, former head of the Election Commission of India, recently penned an article in which he provides some interesting insights on the benefits technology has brought to Indian [...]

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Online survey reveals voters want more and better voting technology

    Online survey reveals voters want more and better voting technology

An online survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence right after the recent U.S. presidential election revealed that voters are ready for an overhaul of the election technology inventory.According to survey results, [...]

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Philippines, Estonia, Brazil, India: Digital Democracy trailblazers

    Philippines, Estonia, Brazil, India: Digital Democracy trailblazers

Richard Soudriette, founder and former president of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), labeled Philippines, Estonia, Brazil, India and Estonia as pioneers for their pioneering efforts in implementing electoral technology.In [...]

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e-Democracy and the empowerment of citizens

    e-Democracy and the empowerment of citizens

Photo courtesy of: http://beyondthe.eu/e-democracy-ukraine/Political observers who are quick to spot movements just bubbling under the surface have recently taken notice of how e-Democracy is enabling more and more citizens to [...]

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By a hairline: Four US elections that were really really close

    By a hairline: Four US elections that were really really close

Pundits have started to speculate how close the US presidential race will be. Is it going to be a blowout similar to when President Lyndon Jonson trounced Barry Goldwater (R) [...]

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The Future of Elections

    The Future of Elections

“The 21st Century is truly the golden age of technology. Humanity depends on technology for everything with one notable exception, voting. For more than two centuries democracies have relied on [...]

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The inclusion imperative: why elections need to be more accessible to disabled voters

    The inclusion imperative: why elections need to be more accessible to disabled voters

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) have always been consigned to the fringes of society and generally do not enjoy the same access to services as more able-bodied citizens. Even in the [...]

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UK, Australia, South Korea blaze e-government trail

    UK, Australia, South Korea blaze e-government trail

Once a fringe area, e-government is fast gaining acceptance worldwide as governments finally turn to the internet to amplify their service delivery capabilities.At the moment, UK, Australia, and South Korea [...]

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Study confirms very high acceptability of internet voting among Toronto voters

    Study confirms very high acceptability of internet voting among Toronto voters

A recent survey of Toronto voters showed an extremely high support for internet voting, with as much as 98% of respondents saying that they are likely to again vote online [...]

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Vietnam climbs 10 notches on UN e-Government list

    Vietnam climbs 10 notches on UN e-Government list

In what observers are considering a strong indicator of Vietnam’s resoluteness in adopting e-Governance, the country has just moved up ten places in a UN study ranking the progress of [...]

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Identification tech crucial in e-Governance – Estonian president

    Identification tech crucial in e-Governance – Estonian president

Speaking at the Tallinn e-Governance Conference last May, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves underscored the importance of a reliable identification technology in ensuring better e-Government services."I believe that the role [...]

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More Rwandans get e-Government services

    More Rwandans get e-Government services

Residents of the Gasabo District in Rwanda finally got a taste of e-Government services with the launch of an e-Government online portal. The initiative garnered praises from residents who expressed [...]

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Philippine electronic count “almost perfect”

    Philippine electronic count “almost perfect”

Automated elections in the Philippines got a boost when an election watchdog announced that its random manual (RMA) showed a 99.8% match between the electronic count and the manual count."It [...]

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The Philippines improves speed of election proclamations

    The Philippines improves speed of election proclamations

On May 9 the Philippines automated its third national election with great result. Leveraging technology, basically all candidates vying for local offices were proclaimed between Election Night and the next [...]

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US voting technology – A market research

    US voting technology – A market research

Smartmatic, a world leader in election technology, recently conducted a market research study to explore the relationship between voter turnouts and the voter experience and the voting technology in the [...]

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Philippine poll body launches voter education campaign

    Philippine poll body launches voter education campaign

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is going to great lengths to ensure that all registered voters in the Philippines are equipped with knowledge on how to properly cast their votes [...]

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Women participated in Saudi Arabia elections for the first time

    Women participated in Saudi Arabia elections for the first time

For the first time since 2005 when municipal council elections were carried out in Saudi Arabia, women were able to participate as both voters and candidates.In this election there were [...]

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Argentina General Election 2015: key facts

    Argentina General Election 2015: key facts

On October 25th a general election was held in Argentina. Voters went to the polls in order to choose both the President and the Congress, while some provinces also elected [...]

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Electronic voting in Venezuela, another successful election

    Electronic voting in Venezuela, another successful election

On December 6, Venezuelans headed to the polls to elect 167 representatives to the National Assembly. Electronic voting played a key role in helping authorities run the election.Only a few hours [...]

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7 facts about Polish Parliamentary elections

    7 facts about Polish Parliamentary elections

On October 25th, elections to both the lower chamber of the Polish parliament (Sejm) and the upper chamber (Senate) were held for the 2015-2019 period. 460 seats were contested for [...]

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Historic vote in Burma

    Historic vote in Burma

On November 8th the citizens of Burma headed to the polls in order to cast their votes in the first elections since 1990 when the military government recognise the victory [...]

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9 facts about the upcoming Venezuelan Parliamentary elections

    9 facts about the upcoming Venezuelan Parliamentary elections

A total of 167 deputies will be elected on December 6, 2015. 164 deputies will be chosen at the state level while 3 additional deputies will be elected to represent Venezuela’s indigenous [...]

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Can Google rig elections? – the rebuttal

    Can Google rig elections? – the rebuttal

Amit Singhal, senior vice president and software engineer at Google, responded Robert Epstein’s article which suggested that Google had the power to shift the voting preferences of undecided voters. Given [...]

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The modernisation of the US voter registration system

    The modernisation of the US voter registration system

September 22 was National Voter Registration Day in the United States, and what a better day to discuss the current registration system. One point of view adding value to the [...]

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US Voting Machines: An imminent crisis ahead?

    US Voting Machines: An imminent crisis ahead?

According to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice (New York University School of Law), authored by Lawrence Norden and Christopher Famighetti, the United States’ election technology is [...]

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Can Google rig elections?

    Can Google rig elections?

“How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election” is the title of an article written by Robert Epstein and published by Politico in August.According to Epstein, Senior Research Psychologist at the [...]

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8-point listicle for the upcoming Guatemalan General Elections

    8-point listicle for the upcoming Guatemalan General Elections

Next Sunday, September 6, Guatemalans will head to the polls to elect the President and Vice President, Congress (158 deputies), Central American Parliament (20 deputies), and Mayors and councils for [...]

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New elections laws could disenfranchise voters in Canada

    New elections laws could disenfranchise voters in Canada

As Canada prepares for its 42nd federal election, some advocacy groups are rising concerns over the possible disenfranchisement of voters resulting from the recent changes in election legislation.The Fair Election Act (Bill [...]

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The case for election technology

    The case for election technology

Antonio Mugica, CEO and founder of Smartmatic, recently published an article titled “The Case for election Technology” in the European View journal. According to Mugica, despite the ubiquity of technology in [...]

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Elections 2015 in Haiti: Top 3 challenges

    Elections 2015 in Haiti: Top 3 challenges

1. Scope of the elections.One of the major challenges Haiti will be facing this year is having to put nearly all of its elected officials to the test. To schedule [...]

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Great expectations for Myanmar’s first open general election?

    Great expectations for Myanmar’s first open general election?

On 8 November Myanmar will hold its first open general election in 25 years to elect a second government under the 2008 constitution. The president in Myanmar is not directly [...]

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Top 10 facts about Burundi’s presidential election

    Top 10 facts about Burundi’s presidential election

Burundi’s presidential election will be held July 21, after been postponed by nearly a week. The postponement comes as a response to a request by leaders from the East African [...]

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The Philippines: gearing up for the 2016 general elections

    The Philippines: gearing up for the 2016 general elections

With a little over ten months to go before the Philippines goes to the polls to select the next president, the country’s poll body is itself deep in the process [...]

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