Barcelona, May 19, 2015 – Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, today announced the successful deployment of Scytl Online Voting at l’Ajuntament de Girona for its first ever secure online participatory budget consultation, resulting in unprecedented citizen engagement with an increase close to 50% in citizen participation.
The online voting took place between April 20-25, 2015 and invited citizens of Girona to cast their vote relative to a selection of 98 projects. The consultation was fully customized down to the neighborhood level, ensuring citizens could vote for those projects that affected specifically where they live. During this 6 day period, citizens were able to securely vote from the device of their choice (computers, laptops, smartphones or tablets) at a time and date that was convenient for them.
The successful deployment of the online channel and the significant increase in participation paint an encouraging picture for the ongoing expansion of innovative and secure online voting in Girona. Securely and efficiently embracing the channels citizens use on a daily basis have helped ensure the success of this consultation: of the votes received, 75% were cast via the online channel and only 25% cast via the traditional paper channel.
“This helps demonstrate that new technologies encourage participation and we are satisfied with the doubling of citizen participation since launching the online tool,” concludes the Deputy Mayor and Councilor of Finance and Internal Affairs, M. Ángeles Planas.
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 in 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.
Senior Director Marketing Communication, Scytl