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Survey: Most BA residents favor e-voting

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Residents in the Buenos Aires area are in favor of implementing an electronic voting system, with 56% of inhabitants agreeing with the initiative, according to a report in local newspaper El Cronista. Of the 442 people participating in the study conducted by local consultancy firm Prince & Cooke, 25% were against e-voting and 19% did not give an answer. Half of those in favor of e-voting said it should be implemented immediately and the rest think it is something for the mid-term. In Argentina, there are seven e-voting systems implemented in six districts, but only 28% of the population are aware of these, the report said. Trial implementation started in September 2003 in Buenos Aires for the governor elections and in Tierra del Fuego in October 2003, when e-voting was mandatory, with 105 electronic voting booths for 49,300 voters. Among the advantages, the study found that 54% think it is a faster method to vote, 34% estimate that e-voting eliminates "sheet lists" (when voters must select a list instead of a single candidate) and 27% say it allows for more frequent use of elections or referendums. "The greatest barrier to implementing electronic voting in Argentina is politics. There is fear among politicians of losing control of the system," Prince & Cooke general manager Alejandro Prince was reported as saying. Worldwide, countries such as Venezuela, the US, Belgium, the UK and Spain are the most advanced in the implementation of e-voting, according to the report.

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