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Voting From the Privacy of Your Couch

by Bill Hayes

In Voting From the Privacy of Your Couch, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at software that helps run elections.

Electoral fraud has been pervasive in Nigeria since it returned to civilian rule in 1999. This year, to prevent tampering with ballots on the way to the capital, poll workers nationwide used technology from a Spanish software maker called Scytl to scan the tallies and transmit them electronically. Despite predictions of violence, voters elected an opposition candidate — removing an incumbent from office for the first time — in a process Human Rights Watch described as “mostly peaceful.”

Governments in 42 countries are using software from Scytl (rhymes with “title”) to bring elements of their elections online, from registering voters to consolidating results. [more]