In an era of mobile devices and digital services, paper-based voting systems seem firmly planted in the past.
The City of New York manages 1,200 polling sites, 30,000 co-workers and delivers 15,000 pieces of equipment to sites. Paper-based votes would have to be carried by the New York Police Department for manual entry into a mainframe computer.
New York City fixed this labour-intensive and costly process by providing 1,800 secure devices to staff. They enabled a record 75% of the vote tally for 2016’s presidential election to be processed a mere hour after the polls closed.
Other governments are also testing out secure, digitally-enabled polling stations to bring the process of voting into the digital age. These platforms are more secure, efficient and transparent – and enable better citizen engagement and participation.
To learn more about how governments can harness digital in polling and other areas, download the whitepaper by filling out the form below.