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Eurotux had a hand in first elections with electronic voting at the University of Minho

The University of Minho was the pioneer in adopting a system of electronic voting. The eVotUM platform was debuted in the elections for the academy’s General Council, held last March 21st. The election occurred as expected, and the inaugural eVotUM election was a success.
Published on 2017-03-30

For the first time in the history of the University of Minho (UM), students, staff, and faculty, had the chance to choose their representatives by way of electronic vote. The recent elections for the Academy’s General Council, held on March 21st, were held using the eVotUM platform.

The eVotUM is a secure electronic voting system, via web, that protects anonymity, targeting the entire UM community. Eurotux was part of the consortium that was responsible for creating the platform, having taken part of the software development team.

The platform’s development project was of relatively high complexity and risk, involving extremely demanding requirements. The implementation took into consideration, the UM’s electoral process rules, as well as the highly complex technical mechanisms that were necessary to ensure the safety of the ballot boxes and votes, as well as to eliminate the possibility of fraud.

The eVotUM’s development was based on open source technologies, namely, Django, with which Eurotux has a wealth of experience and know-how. The development team had a strong focus on security and availability, ensuring, among other characteristics, anonymity, confidentiality, integrity, auditability, and the transparency of the electronic vote.

Additionally, the system was integrated with internal UM services, as well as external services, such as, Autenticação.Gov, which enables authentication using the Portuguese Citizen’s Card.

Despite the technical complexity, the platform was created with a high level of concern for usability, providing simple and intuitive usage.

Prior to the election, the eVotUM was targeted by an extensive battery of tests, including the widest range of scenarios, in order to ensure its complete and proper functioning.

Voters were able to vote safely and confidentially, from any computer with access to the Internet. The voting process included a confirmation step, with a code being sent by e-mail or to voter’s cell phones. The vote is deposited in a ballot box as soon as they confirm.

The eVotUM’s debut was a success, operationally, without a single failure that could compromise the election, as well as in terms of participation, which surpassed previous elections.

To learn more about development solutions, get in touch with Eurotux.