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Monitoring Electronic Technologies in Electoral Processes: an NDI Guide for Political Parties and Civic Organizations

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Abstract:

This guide outlines applications of electronic electoral technologies and the critical points for establishing transparency as a basis for decision making about whether to employ them, as well as for maintaining public confidence in elections where they are used. The guide addresses electronic voting and results tabulation, electronic voter registration and other applications. It highlights practical steps in advocating for access to decision making, as well as to design, development, certification and testing, training, maintenance, security and other issues. It covers the types of expertise that are needed to monitor the integrity of electronic applications, as well as questions that cannot be adequately addressed in verifying the integrity of certain technologies under the current state of the art.