INE will repeat pilot exercise of electronic ballot box for elections

After last year’s elections in Coahuila and Hidalgo there was a high acceptance in the use of electronic ballot boxes, the Electoral Training and Organization commission of the National Electoral Institute (OTHER) approved repeating the pilot exercise of electronic voting in this year’s elections in the states of Coahuila and Jalisco.

In an extraordinary public session this Friday, the Commission reported that 85.7 percent of the citizens and 93 percent of the poll workers who participated in the 2020 local elections in Coahuila and Hidalgo agree that the electronic ballot box should continue to be used to cast their vote.

However, although the majority of the electoral councilors who are members of the Electoral Training and Organization Commission approved repeating the incorporation of electronic ballot boxes in two entities during the next election on June 6, there was disagreement on the part of two councilors.

Councilor Carla Humphrey did not vote because she disagreed that the exercise was limited to 50 electronic ballot boxes per entity, she considered that “we are slowing down progress that was already being made at the local level.”

He said that there are no technical elements to limit the exercise to that number of instruments and affirmed that this way it was not possible to advance in the generation of trust among voters.

For her part, the counselor Dania Ravel voted against it because she said that the use of electronic ballot boxes requires legal support and “we would need the law to allow the use of electronic ballot boxes.”

He said that although there is no express prohibition, the comprehensive reading of the law allows inferring that the ballot must be drawn up on paper.

The agreement was approved, after, in its second extraordinary session, held this Friday, the commission released the results of the pilot electronic voting exercise that was applied in the 2020 local elections.

Among the results of the elections in Hidalgo and Coahuila, it is worth highlighting that “the level of trust in the electronic ballot box, at a general level, indicates that seven out of 10 respondents were highly trusted by the device, a quarter had little confidence and only 5.5 percent expressed no confidence ”.

In addition, the report warns that just over 77 percent of the electorate of Coahuila It is perceived with a high level of confidence, it is followed by the Jalisco ballot box model with over 63 percent and the INE ballot box was perceived by 60 percent with a high level of confidence.

Likewise, “almost 90 percent of those surveyed in both entities mentioned that they were easy, in contrast to 7.7 percent who found them not very difficult and only 2.7 percent of the surveyed population chose the very difficult option.”

In other words, the report says, nine out of 10 citizens considered that the instructions they had to follow to cast the vote were easy, “which indicates proper handling of the device and a certain familiarity with touch screens.”

This information disaggregated by type of electronic ballot box, maintains the general trend, with an increase of almost 3 percentage points in the favorable opinion for the Coahuila ballot box, it is followed by the Jalisco model with 87.5 percent of the surveyed population who said easy and that of OTHER with 83.3.

Again, in the general results, 9 out of 10 respondents found it easy to use the ballot box, 5.8% neither easy nor difficult and 3.2% very difficult.

The report also found that voting flow was perceived by more than 60 percent of polling station presidents as fast, almost 32 percent as regular, and only 6.6 percent found voting traffic to be slow.



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