In 2014, the people of nine Latin American countries will exercise their right to vote. This year, electronic voting plays a key role in the elections that take place some of these countries.
In Colombia, a pilot test is expected to be carried out using two systems. The first system uses electronic voting cards. The second uses touchscreens that print out verification after voting is completed.
Panama is also launching an electronic voting pilot program. This test will be carried out in one electoral center, the Bolívar Institute. Around 5,800 voters are expected to take part.
In the case of Peru, regional and municipal elections will use electronic voting, which is already being used in ten of Lima’s metropolitan districts.
Since the 80s, Brazil has been one of the leaders in the adoption of voting technology along with India and the US. In the year 2000, Brazil achieved a very complete level of automation. In 2008, they introduced the biometric ballot box, which verifies the identity of voters. However, this technology is being introduced gradually and will not be available to all voters until 2018.
As you can see, the future of democracy entails the automation of the election process.