At CLDF, Moraes says integrity test strengthens trust in electronic voting machines — Supreme Electoral Court

During a visit to the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF) this Sunday afternoon (2), the President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Minister Alexandre de Moraes, monitored part of the integrity test carried out by the Regional Electoral Commission Court of the Federal District (TRE-DF) at 14 of electronic voting machines previously drawn on Saturday (1). The test can be watched live from yesterday via the TRE-DF channel on YouTube and TV Câmara Distrital, and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m.

During the visit, Alexandre de Moraes pointed out that the integrity test is being carried out in 641 ballot boxes this year. “It is a record in this election, as it usually was in 100 elections. Precisely to show the complete credibility and legitimacy of electronic voting machines”, said the minister.

The President of the TSE thanked the officials who are conducting the test this Sunday and the journalists who follow the activities of electoral justice. “We are in the final part of the first round of elections in 2022. More than half of the voting period has passed, which shows that the elections are proceeding normally, in peace, harmony, security, tranquility, like all the others,” said Moraes.

Moraes pointed out that the press showed the performance of Electoral Justice step by step “so that the population has no doubts about the legitimacy, truthfulness and certainty that the vote cast in the electronic ballot box is a counted vote”.

About 90 people participate in the DF House of Representatives, Test of Integrity, in charge of the local TRE. Audit islands are placed in foyer plenary sessions of the House with computers, electronic voting machines and printers. The 14 boxes moved to the CLDF were replaced by others at the polling stations.

The President of the TSE was accompanied at the event by the President of the TRE-DF, Judge Roberval Belinati, Acting President of the Federal Court of Audit (TCU), Bruno Dantas, National Judicial Inspector, Luis Felipe Salomão, Chief Electoral Judge, Minister Benedito Gonçalves, Ministers Sérgio Banhos and Cármen Lúcia, Deputy Attorney General for Elections, Paulo Gonet, Regional Inspector of the TRE-DF, Judge Mário-zam Belmiro and President of the Federal Council of the Bar Association do Brasil (OAB), Beto Simonetti, among other authorities.

Strengthening transparency

Provided by TSE Resolution no. 23.673/2021, which provides for the inspection and audit procedures of the electronic voting system, the Integrity Test is conducted by the appropriate Regional Electoral Court (TRE) on election day, in order to prove the transparency, security, auditability of the electronic voting system and flawless operation of the electronic voting machines. The test is supervised by an independent auditing company.

The test compares the results of the votes on the paper ballots with the same ones that are typed into the equipment and which then appear in the results of the ballot box (BU) issued after the end of the voting. During the test, after switching on, the electronic voting device issues zerés, which is a report that proves that there is no voice in the equipment before voting, as well as prints BU, which ends the procedure. In the case of the test in DF, the slips were filled in advance by political parties and some faculties, at the request of TRE.

20 years of Integrity Test

The integrity test will be 20 years old in 2022, and this year it will cover a larger share of electronic voting machines, thereby strengthening the visibility and transparency of the electoral process. In states with up to 15,000 polling stations, 20 ballot boxes were drawn or selected and sent for verification. In states that have between 15,001 and 30,000 divisions, 27 ballot boxes will be tested. In the remaining locations, 33 voting machines were selected for audit.

Test step by step

The preparation of the test takes place on the eve of the elections, when the polling stations located in the polling stations throughout the country are chosen, or the political parties are chosen to be submitted for inspection.

After drawing or marking the associations, the polling stations are tested on election day. On election day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Brazilian time), at the same time as official voting takes place, the numbers recorded on previously filled ballots are entered, one by one, into the electronic voting machines. At the same time, paper votes are also registered in the voting support system, which runs on a computer.

After the end of the testing, at 5:00 p.m., the result is calculated in the electronic ballot box and compared with the result obtained by manual counting. This comparison was made with the aim of verifying whether the electronic voting was working correctly and whether the paper votes entered in the ballot box were the same as those registered by the equipment.

During the inspection, it is still checked whether there is a match between the ballots; ballot boxes; reports issued by the audit support system and the Digital Vote Registry (RDV), a digital table in which electronic votes are marked. To date, no deviation has been found in any case.

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