Despite the available technology already used for data security and verification, for instance in online banking and airport controls, such implementation has not yet reached the voting process. Current electoral processes are mostly based on paper ballots cast at polling stations, remaining mainly the same since its inception in the XIX century. These processes have been reported to imply serious difficulties for voters with disabilities (80 million in EU) and EU citizens who live abroad, including those living in an EU Member State other than their original country (13.6 million). AccessVote offers the first online platform for the European countries that allow voters to complete their paper ballot at home to be sent by post or cast at the polling place. Thus, our system will enhance the voting experience of 93 million people in Europe who are nowadays not able to easily reach the polling place.
Our company has studied the feasibility of developing AccessVote. With Phase 1 project, we have assessed the technical and commercial feasibility of building a software product out of the solution provided for a very specific setting: the electoral process in Alaska. We have evaluated our commercial approach to reach the market in 2020.