In 2014, the world’s largest voting technology company, Smartmatic, partnered with Cybernetica to establish the Smartmatic- Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting. The goal of this venture was to enhance the standardization of online voting. Just five years later, the 2019 Estonian Parliamentary elections resulted in a record-setting number of online votes. During this election, held February 21-March 3, 44.4 percent of all votes received were cast using an online voting system backed by the Smartmatic – Cybernetica technology. This was an unprecedented turnout for the Northern European country and confirms a progressive acceptance of voting automation.
Online voting was first introduced in Estonia in 2005, and in the years since, has seen a steady surge in implementation, as more citizens have been drawn to the convenience of submitting their vote online.
“We developed our online voting system with the needs of Estonian voters in mind,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “We knew voters wanted an experience that was seamless and transparent, so we worked with the engineers at the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre to ensure the platform was easy to access, convenient to use, and secure for both data protection and election integrity.”
The smooth transition to digital voting in Estonia has set an example for other countries seeking more efficient government operations. As technology continues to develop, digital voting methods have become part of the mainstream democratic process. The introduction and popularization of online voting in Estonia has resulted in a massive increase in the country’s overall voter participation. Not only is online voting more secure, it has also proven to be more cost-efficient, according to a study conducted by a group of experts at Tallinn University.
“We are proud of our work and partnership with Estonia and glad to see the impact that digital voting option has made on voter participation,” said Mugica.