Emerging countries in Latin America and Asia are successfully adopting election technology to increase voter participation, transparency and efficiency. Following the example of Brazil and Venezuela, countries like Paraguay, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico have implemented some form of electronic voting. In Colombia, authorities have used biometric technology to authenticate voters in some cities.
To this day, Venezuela continues to be the only country in the world that authenticates every voter via biometrics prior to ballot casting. In Asia, India and the Philippines are leading the way. Mongolia, Pakistan and South Korea are also making important advances to make elections more transparent by adopting technology.
The experience of these countries show that the use of electronic technologies saves costs and increases voter participation, transparency and efficiency. Fast results and a better voter experience also increase voters acceptance.
Voter authentication via biometrics guarantees a much more accurate verification of the voters’ identity. Thanks to this technology, authorities can deter one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of election fraud there is, voter impersonation.