Friday, June 9, 2023

INE confirms operation of electronic ballot boxes for voting abroad

The National Electoral Institute (INE) has confirmed the operation of 7.0 electronic ballot boxes being shipped to the United States and Canada thanks to the installation of the Voting Receiving Module (MRV). Modules will be installed in consular offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal for a pilot test of in-person voting abroad in the Coahuila and State of Mexico gubernatorial elections.

On June 4, 11 7.0 electronic ballot boxes—property of INE—will be used in the MRV, where Mexican and Coahuila citizens living abroad with valid voting certificates issued abroad can participate.

INE reported that 351 people registered to vote in person. However, any citizen with a voting card issued abroad who has not registered electronically by mail or over the Internet may vote at a consular office.

Ballot box verification

INE verification consisted of verifying the correct operation of the QR code reader that would complete the access information (username and password) in the URL to access the Internet Electronic Voting System (SIVEI).

Similarly, correct access to the URL preloaded in the ballot box was verified by manual entry of said access information to the SIVEI.

The materials required for the installation of the MRV were also reviewed, which were packed in four boxes for each location.

The first box, under the responsibility of the Executive Directorate of Election Organization (DEOE), contains electoral materials and documents: the file box of the State of Mexico, the file box of Coahuila, a transparent ballot box and the special partition.

Second, the Federal Electoral Registry (DERFE) and the DEOE in charge of the Executive Directorate were integrated with additions for voter identification: QR code reader (gun, base and USB cable), thermal printer – which will print the identification code – and Paper rolls for these printers.

The third and fourth boxes, the responsibility of the DEOE and IT Services Technical Unit (UTSI), include: 7.0 electronic ballot box, charger, USB/Ethernet connection adapter and foam ballot box handle protection, integrated into the box. Three.

In addition, the module’s signage was also examined, including: venue identification canvas, welcome banner, banner “Reasons why you cannot vote at this venue”, among others.

In this way, from today until Wednesday, 17 May, INE employees will take the boxes to the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) for sending them to the foreign headquarters.

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