Sydney & Barcelona – March 31, 2015 – Given Australia´s history in leading the way in innovation, it is no wonder that the New South Wales 2015 State Elections have set a new record as the largest government binding online voting election worldwide. Backed by the implementation of the world´s most advanced and proven security protocols, the staggering figures of over 280,000 online votes, an increase of 500% in adoption, and praise from auditors, security experts and citizens, the iVote® System sets the standard for the world’s largest, most accessible and innovative internet voting implementation.
Mr. Colin Barry, NSW Electoral Commissioner, said that online voting in the recent NSW 2015 State Election was a great success. “The staggering increase in voters using the iVote®System demonstrates that confidence and demand for secure and verifiable online voting systems is growing despite ill-intended efforts to discredit its integrity,” says Commissioner Barry.
Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting, election modernization and eDemocracy provided the technological support for the iVote® System which allowed voters in the NSW 2015 State Election to fully exercise their democratic rights securely, privately and independently. This included voters who are visually impaired, persons with disabilities, those who have literacy needs, live more than 20km from a polling place or who are outside NSW on Election Day.
Mr. Pere Vallès, Scytl’s Chief Executive Officer says “We are proud of working hand in hand with NSWEC in the implementation of the online voting processes that enabled voters to benefit from a fully accessible, secure and verifiable online voting experience during the NSW 2015 State Elections.”
Scytl´s advanced security framework not only ensures the integrity of an election, but enables voters to verify their vote as an added safeguard against malicious tampering attacks, an important security aspect of the iVote® System. The integrity of Scytl´s systems and customer deployments are guaranteed by ongoing rigorous testing, third party audits and continued election monitoring guarantees.
Commissioner Barry concludes, “Scytl´s commitment in ensuring our iVote® System processes were secure and commitment in helping us deliver our promise of fully accessible and verifiable internet voting for the NSW 2015 State Elections went far beyond our expectation.”
Worldwide online voting leadership numbers:
- Largest government binding election: NSW Electoral Commission Australia, +280,000 online votes
- Prior largest government binding election: Ministry of Foreign Affairs France, +240,000 online votes (previously the largest government binding election)
- Largest public union election: Ministry of Education France, +3 million online votes
- Country with longest history in leverage of online voting for binding elections and consultations: Switzerland
Scytl is the global leader in secure election management, electronic voting and eGovernance solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.
Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 38 countries across the globe over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with strategic offices the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit www.scytl.com
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