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Ghana Vote Illustrates Promise and Perils of Digital Democracy

Ghana Vote Illustrates Promise and Perils of Digital Democracy

Ghana has just held its third major election to feature biometric voter verification care of GenKey technology, and it’s highlighting the benefits and perils of the emerging age of digital polling. The country became the first in the world to use biometric technology to verify voters in 2012, when the technology was used in a…

INTERVIEW: Smartmatic’s Robert Cook

INTERVIEW: Smartmatic’s Robert Cook

Although electronic voting is still seen by some as a thing of the future, there are experts in the field with decade’s worth of experience under their belt. This is the case of Robert Cook, Global Administration Sales Operations VP for Smartmatic. For the last 38 years, Mr. Cook has been involved in the adoption…

Comelec Registers Bulk of Voter Biometrics

Comelec Registers Bulk of Voter Biometrics

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or ‘Comelec’, is reporting fair progress in getting voters to register their biometric information in anticipation of the country’s 2016 election. The Commission’s Chairman told reporters yesterday that Comelec now has about 50 million voters registered. That compared against the 52 million registered voters ahead of the 2013 mid-term elections,…

NEXT Launches Low-Cost, Large-Sensor Fingerprint Module

NEXT Launches Low-Cost, Large-Sensor Fingerprint Module

Norway-based NEXT Biometrics has unveiled its newest fingerprint sensor, the NB-1011-S. The company says that the serial interface sensor module has a range of potential applications, from physical access control to safety boxes to electronic voting machines. The module sports a large sensor area (at 201 square millimeters) while maintaining an overall size comparable to…

Nigeria’s INEC Satisfied with New Voting Systems

Nigeria’s INEC Satisfied with New Voting Systems

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is satisfied with its election trial run, and plans to proceed with its new smart card and biometric voting systems, according to a Premium Times article on allAfrica.com. The trial run came under serious criticism recently after reports of technical glitches, particularly with respect to the biometric voter authentication…

Nigeria’s New Voting Technology Endures Bumpy Rollout

Nigeria’s New Voting Technology Endures Bumpy Rollout

A trial run of Nigeria’s new biometric voting system has experienced some major hiccups, according to an AllAfrica article. Implemented by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the mock polling was said to have run into technical glitches with its new smart card reader system. One of the main issues was the amount of…

New Mexico Politician Pushes for Biometric Ballots

New Mexico Politician Pushes for Biometric Ballots

New Mexico politician Bill Payne continues to advocate for the consideration of biometric technology in state elections. According a new article from KOB4’s Elizabeth Reed, the Republican Senate Minority Whip asked the secretary of state that the “the benefits, feasibility, and the costs of implementing a voter ID system based on biometric measures be studied.”…