After last year’s election in Coahuila and Hidalgo There was great acceptance in using the Electronic ballot boxesThe Training and Electoral Organization Committee of the National Electoral Institute)elseAgreed to repeat the test exercise for electronic voting in this year’s elections in Coahuila and Jalisco states.
In an extraordinary plenary session this Friday, the commission reported that 85.7 percent of citizens and 93 percent of polling staff participated in the 2020 local elections in Coahuila And Hidalgo agree that the electronic ballot box should continue to be used to cast their votes.
However, although the majority of the electoral council members who are members of the Electoral Training and Organization Authority agreed to re-list the electronic ballot boxes into two entities during the upcoming elections on June 6, there was a disagreement on the part of two councilors.
Chancellor Carla Humphrey did not vote because she disagreed that the exercise was limited to 50 electronic ballot boxes per entity, and considered that we are “slowing down the progress that has already been made at the local level.”
He said that there were no technical elements to limit the exercise to this number of tools, and emphasized that in this way it was not possible to make progress in generating confidence among the electorate.
For her part, Chancellor Dania Raffle voted against the decision because she said that the use of electronic ballot boxes requires legal support and “we will need the law to allow the use of electronic ballot boxes.”
He said that although there was no explicit prohibition, a thorough reading of the law allowed the inference that the ballot paper should be written on paper.
The agreement was approved after the commission, in its second special session held last Friday, released the results of an experimental electronic voting exercise that was applied in the 2020 local elections.
Among the election results in Hidalgo and Coahuila, it should be noted that “the level of confidence in the electronic ballot box, at the general level, indicates that seven out of 10 participants were highly trusted by the agency, a quarter had little confidence and 5.5 in Only the hundreds expressed their lack of confidence. “
In addition, the report warns that just over 77 percent of voters are Coahuila Viewed with a high level of confidence, followed by the Jalisco ballot box with over 63 percent and the indoor ballot box at 60 percent with a high level of confidence.
Likewise, “Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed in both entities said they were easy, in contrast to 7.7 percent of those who found it not too difficult and only 2.7 percent of those surveyed chose the very difficult option.”
In other words, the report says that nine out of ten citizens considered that the instructions they must follow in order to cast their votes were easy, “indicating proper handling of the device and a certain knowledge of touch screens.”
This information, disaggregated by type of electronic ballot box, maintains the general trend, with a nearly 3 percentage point increase in opinion in favor of the Coahuila ballot box, followed by the Jalisco model with 87.5 percent of the population surveyed who said it was easy and easy to find. else With 83.3.
Again, in the overall results, 9 out of 10 respondents found the ballot box easy to use, 5.8% neither easy nor difficult, and 3.2% extremely difficult.
The report also found that more than 60 percent of polling station chiefs viewed the flow of voting as fast, about 32 percent was regular, and only 6.6 percent found the voting movement slow.
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