Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

From Power Outages to Paper Trails: Experiences in Incorporating Technology into the Election Process

Michael Yard, Ronan McDermott, Linda Edgeworth, Douglas Jones

March 2007

Academy of Political Science


IFES experts in countries around the world have run into these kinds of contradictions and difficulties in providing assistance to election officials in making decisions about and implementing election technologies. IFES has worked in more than 120 countries across the globe in environments that have included the most rudimentary to the most advanced technologies. The level of technology does not parallel the viability of the results or the level of voter confidence despite the promises that new technology and its champions might argue. The only way to reduce this risk is for an EMB accept, adhere to, and implement the numerous steps and considerations outlined in these and other lessons-learned reports.