Online voting enhances voter turnout in 2013 UNED elections

In March 2013, the National Distance Education University (UNED) awarded Scytl a contract for the implementation of over 700 online electoral processes including the election of the new Chancellor of the University. With over 250,000 students and 10,000 professors, UNED is the largest online University in Spain.

The first online electoral processes began in April 2013 where students elected their student representatives.  From June 3-13 this year, the first round of the Chancellor of the University online election was held. For the first time, UNED voters including teachers, professors, staff and students cast their vote via the Internet to elect the new Chancellor of the University. The participation in this year´s online voting doubles that of the previous election in 2009 which was done via traditional paper voting. A second round is scheduled for June 20-26, 2013.

Scytl´s Online Voting solution provides the UNED with greater voting flexibility and facilities, increases speed to the scrutiny process and results publication and resource savings, especially costs of paper, urns and personnel. In short, greater reliability and efficiency.

The UNED applies the most advanced technology in distant education, and now with the use of electronic voting, UNED encourages participation and contributes to the momentum of  eGovernment in the university, thus becoming a reference point for other universities and institutions.

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