Authors: Peter Neffenger and Paul DeGregorio Citizens demand to know that the votes they cast are the votes that are counted. But our election systems are under unprecedented threats and our collective faith in the system has been faltering.
Voting, and more broadly elections, are not unlike the weather in that everybody talks about it but not much is actually done about it.
The lack of competition in the United States has resulted in insufficient innovation in the elections industry which has dampened voter confidence in election systems.
Technology is transforming the way election commissions manage the entire election cycle, from automated systems to register candidates and voters, to advanced online platforms to facilitate remote voting or digital applications to announce timely results.
Last October, Belgium conducted local and provincial elections. The first half of a two-part election season, which will be completed next May with Parliamentary (Regional and Federal parliaments) and European elections.
This year’s International Day of Democracy awareness theme focuses on the challenges and resolutions that our governments and societies face to increase participation and human rights’ protection in modern times.