Smartmatic's Electronic Voting Technology Near Perfect in Venezuelan Presidential Election

Nearly 100% (99.82%) of Voting Machines Perform Flawlessly

Election Results Accepted by All Political Parties



Dec 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from Smartmatic

    CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In another example of the
 security, accuracy and auditability of Smartmatic's automated electronic
 voting system, the results of Sunday's Presidential election in Venezuela
 were certified by the National Election Commission (CNE), as well as by
 international observers from the Organization of American States and the
 European Union. Perhaps more importantly, the results were accepted by all
 of the political parties and players involved as accurate and representing
 the will of the Venezuelan people.
     Through the use of post-election audits that matched the tally of paper
 ballots in locked ballot boxes with the printed vote tally from the
 corresponding voting machines, members of the CNE, the Venezuelan political
 parties and international observers were able to confirm the accuracy and
 validity of the voting process and certify the results.
     "We've always stood by the accuracy and integrity of our electronic
 voting system, so it's gratifying to know that it performed flawlessly once
 again and that the political players in Venezuela have all certified and
 accepted the results," said Antonio Mugica, Chief Executive Officer,
 Smartmatic.
     Some examples of the success of Smartmatic's electronic voting system
 during Election Day include:
     *  98.82% of the SAES machines in the 10,532 electronic voting centers
        performed flawlessly.
 
     *  11 million paper ballots were printed and served as part of the closing
        audit of more than 17,000 ballot boxes.
 
     *  Of the 11 million votes registered, only 30 blank votes were cast.
        These were largely due to voter error (voters incorrectly pressed the
        picture of the candidate they supported instead of the corresponding
        oval, then pressed the vote button.
 
     *  100% of the closing audits showed perfect reconciliation between the
        votes recorded in the voting machines and those physically printed by
        the machines.
 
     *  On Sunday, only 730 machines were reported to have technical problems,
        and 83% of these were repaired or substituted in less than the required
        time period.  Only 0.20% of the machines had problems that couldn't be
        resolved, the lowest percentage ever in VZ elections.
 
     *  The second official report showed that 80 voting tables that were meant
        to be automated had turned instead to manual voting, representing just
        0.20% of the total voting machines.
 
     *  At  5:30am, 100% of the 14,811 machine operators were present at their
        assigned voting center.
 
     *  The CNE reported that more than 95% of the voting tables were open by
        9:00am, a much more efficient installation than in previous elections.
        (At 7:00am, more than 80% of the machines were operative and by 8:00am,
        that number increased to 92%.)
     In the closing audit conducted at the end of Election Day, more than
 54% of the ballot boxes where the physical votes are stored were opened and
 these ballots were compared to the vote summaries printed and transmitted
 by the voting machine.
     This audit reconfirmed the accuracy of the results stored in the voting
 machine and transmitted to the tally center.
     Because of the multiple layers of security, the accuracy and the
 auditability of Smartmatic's voting solution, Sunday's election results
 were accepted and approved by all political parties involved in the
 election campaign.
     According to Tibisay Lucena, President of the Venezuelan Electoral
 Board, the elections went smoothly and highlighted the ease of voting and
 speed of the results obtained with the electronic voting machine.
     About Smartmatic
     Smartmatic is a multinational company specializing in the design and
 deployment of high-security and high-connectivity solutions. Its automated
 voting products are the most secure, reliable and auditable voting systems
 in the world.
     Smartmatic is a world leader in election technology, and has
 successfully collected and tabulated more than 35 million auditable votes
 in multiple elections. Smartmatic, in conjunction with its Sequoia Voting
 Systems subsidiary, is a leading provider of electronic voting systems in
 the United States market. Smartmatic's customers via Sequoia Voting Systems
 include election authorities from some 400 counties across the U.S.A.
 Smartmatic has also sold and deployed its automated election systems in
 Venezuela, and currently is in the process of launching a number of
 election projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
     Smartmatic has offices in Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Taiwan and the
 U.S.
     For more information about this press release, contact us at
 press@smartmatic.com
 
 

SOURCE Smartmatic
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In another example of the
 security, accuracy and auditability of Smartmatic's automated electronic
 voting system, the results of Sunday's Presidential election in Venezuela
 were certified by the National Election Commission (CNE), as well as by
 international observers from the Organization of American States and the
 European Union. Perhaps more importantly, the results were accepted by all
 of the political parties and players involved as accurate and representing
 the will of the Venezuelan people.
     Through the use of post-election audits that matched the tally of paper
 ballots in locked ballot boxes with the printed vote tally from the
 corresponding voting machines, members of the CNE, the Venezuelan political
 parties and international observers were able to confirm the accuracy and
 validity of the voting process and certify the results.
     "We've always stood by the accuracy and integrity of our electronic
 voting system, so it's gratifying to know that it performed flawlessly once
 again and that the political players in Venezuela have all certified and
 accepted the results," said Antonio Mugica, Chief Executive Officer,
 Smartmatic.
     Some examples of the success of Smartmatic's electronic voting system
 during Election Day include:
     *  98.82% of the SAES machines in the 10,532 electronic voting centers
        performed flawlessly.
 
     *  11 million paper ballots were printed and served as part of the closing
        audit of more than 17,000 ballot boxes.
 
     *  Of the 11 million votes registered, only 30 blank votes were cast.
        These were largely due to voter error (voters incorrectly pressed the
        picture of the candidate they supported instead of the corresponding
        oval, then pressed the vote button.
 
     *  100% of the closing audits showed perfect reconciliation between the
        votes recorded in the voting machines and those physically printed by
        the machines.
 
     *  On Sunday, only 730 machines were reported to have technical problems,
        and 83% of these were repaired or substituted in less than the required
        time period.  Only 0.20% of the machines had problems that couldn't be
        resolved, the lowest percentage ever in VZ elections.
 
     *  The second official report showed that 80 voting tables that were meant
        to be automated had turned instead to manual voting, representing just
        0.20% of the total voting machines.
 
     *  At  5:30am, 100% of the 14,811 machine operators were present at their
        assigned voting center.
 
     *  The CNE reported that more than 95% of the voting tables were open by
        9:00am, a much more efficient installation than in previous elections.
        (At 7:00am, more than 80% of the machines were operative and by 8:00am,
        that number increased to 92%.)
     In the closing audit conducted at the end of Election Day, more than
 54% of the ballot boxes where the physical votes are stored were opened and
 these ballots were compared to the vote summaries printed and transmitted
 by the voting machine.
     This audit reconfirmed the accuracy of the results stored in the voting
 machine and transmitted to the tally center.
     Because of the multiple layers of security, the accuracy and the
 auditability of Smartmatic's voting solution, Sunday's election results
 were accepted and approved by all political parties involved in the
 election campaign.
     According to Tibisay Lucena, President of the Venezuelan Electoral
 Board, the elections went smoothly and highlighted the ease of voting and
 speed of the results obtained with the electronic voting machine.
     About Smartmatic
     Smartmatic is a multinational company specializing in the design and
 deployment of high-security and high-connectivity solutions. Its automated
 voting products are the most secure, reliable and auditable voting systems
 in the world.
     Smartmatic is a world leader in election technology, and has
 successfully collected and tabulated more than 35 million auditable votes
 in multiple elections. Smartmatic, in conjunction with its Sequoia Voting
 Systems subsidiary, is a leading provider of electronic voting systems in
 the United States market. Smartmatic's customers via Sequoia Voting Systems
 include election authorities from some 400 counties across the U.S.A.
 Smartmatic has also sold and deployed its automated election systems in
 Venezuela, and currently is in the process of launching a number of
 election projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
     Smartmatic has offices in Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Taiwan and the
 U.S.
     For more information about this press release, contact us at
 press@smartmatic.com
 
 SOURCE Smartmatic