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San Luis (Argentina), February 22, 2008.- Electronic voting specialists gathered to discuss the latest various electoral automation technologies. During the event organized by Universidad de la Punta on February 21, participants demonstrated how an electronic ballot works and shared their experiences regarding good practices, both local and international.

Transistemas SA, Smartmatic's strategic partner took part in the event demonstrating SAES (Smartmatic Automated Election System), an easy-to-use electoral solution that includes an electronic ballot where all the political parties are represented (all candidates are displayed on equal footing). Electors just have to press on the selected category on the unit's touch-screen (if permitted by law, they can even vote 'none of the above'), verify their selections as shown on screen, and then confirm by pressing the 'vote' button on the screen. The vote is processed and the machine prints a vote receipt that must be placed in the ballot box.

Participants noticed an important feature of SAES: the machines are 'isolated', meaning they perform in a stand-alone fashion, not connected to the Internet or to any other digital network, and only electors have access to them at voting time. At closure, each voting machine processes the votes individually and prints a precinct count. Then, all its information is sent to a tallying center for automatic counting. The whole process has multiple safety measures. If afterward any of the candidates wishes to audit the results, there is always the alternative of opening the ballot boxes and making a manual recount of the voting receipts.

More than 300 people attended the event, including government officials, regional and national Argentinean electoral authorities, as well as politicians from different political parties, scholars and public in general. Besides attending the presentations, the public had the opportunity to take part in a voting drill and actually experience how SAES machines work.

Argentinean provinces such as Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego, Santa Fe, Tucumán and Río Negro already have an electronic voting law.  However, this will only allow for regional elections, because a national law is needed for Presidential elections. On this regard, there are currently more than 25 projects in Congress to legalize electronic voting.

About Smartmatic
Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.

Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.

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About Transistemas

Transistemas is a 100% Argentinean company that has provided technological solutions, multiservice digital networks, networking and informatics aimed at satisfying costumer's needs and improve their business for more than 30 years. Their solutions are based on state of the art products and services developed by highly qualified and certified people. The company is renowned in the Argentinean market, being its main differential values experience, desire to build long-term relations with its costumers, partners and suppliers and its significant added value in support and engineering professional services.