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Election experts meet to discuss the future of election technology

Washington D.C., United States - 31 March, 2016 - The Atlantic Council, a Washington DC based think tank, gathered reknown experts from the US and abroad to discuss election technology and the future of democracy.

The discussion was centered around the report “Democracy Rebooted: the Future of Technology in Elections” by Conny B. McCormack which was released last week. McCormack is an international election administration expert who has assisted and advised numerous election authorities worldwide.

This Atlantic Council research paper addresses the urgent need to update voting technology in the US and analyzes best practices from electoral commissions around the world for establishing independent, credible elections. It urges authorities to reach out to new stakeholders to help address questions of cost, transparency and credibility.

Smartmatic CEO, Antonio Mugica, and Smartmatic Chairman, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, attended the Atlantic Council event and shared their experience in conducting elections around the world. “The Atlantic Council is right to conclude that technology has the potential to improve election administration. We saw it first hand during our most recent project in Utah. By providing the Utah Republican Party with an online voting solution, we helped enfranchise voters all over the world, making voting as easy as possible. Online voting took in average only 73 seconds,” added Mugica.

Commenting on the conclusions of the report, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Smartmatic’s Chairman, stated: “Technology can play an important role in strengthening democracy around the world. When properly implemented, it makes it easier for people to vote, helps bring greater transparency and trust into the electoral process and reduces the cost of running an election. As all eyes turn to the upcoming US Presidential elections, this paper is an important call to action for technology leaders, governments, and civil society to work together to harness the full power of technology for the benefit of democracy both in the US and around the world.”

With this roundtable held in Washington DC on March 29, the Atlantic Council closes a cycle of discussion about the benefits of voting technologies and the challenges electoral commissions face when automating their elections.