The Corte Nacional Electoral (CNE), the equivalent of the U.S. Board of Elections,
was responsible for conducting all elections in Bolivia, South America. The upcoming
national elections would be overseen by 100 observers from the European Union (EU)
Election Observation Mission to ensure a fair process.
Elections took place in polling places all over the country. Ballots were then transported
to nine central locations, counted, and verified. In past elections, the counting
and verification of voting took up to two weeks. CNE needed a solution that could
speed up the tallying of votes without sacrificing accuracy, conform to government
regulations, and appeal to the EU observers.
High speed scanners were placed in each of the nine central voting locations. CTI
redesigned the tabulation sheet and created nine specific forms that catered to
each voting district’s local referendum. CTI utilized Barcode Recognition (BCR)
to verify the authenticity of the document and Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
to read the type of voting sheet. Once type and authenticity were determined, Optical
Mark Recognition (OMR) read the voter’s choices and Intelligent Character Recognition
(ICR) tallied the votes. The system also verified signatures of each election judge
and compared that to an internal CNE database to verify an authorized person was
signing off on each tabulation sheet. To ensure the process went smoothly, on the
day of the elections, CTI employees were stationed in each of the nine central voting
locations around the country to help elections workers use the system.
The new system reduced the time it took to verify results by 80%. CNE was able to
publish results by polling place in 72 hours, whereas before, the process took 12-15
days. EU election observers were satisfied that the system met all their requirements
for a verifiable and proper process. CNE looks to use the system in future elections
and is working with CTI to further enhance the system.