In March 2016, Utah Republicans were able to cast their ballots in one of the largest online voting experiences in U.S. election history. By leveraging Smartmatic’s custom-built TIVI solution, the State Republican Party of Utah brought a new, secure and convenient option to participants in its Presidential Preference Caucus.
Nearly 90% of voters registered to vote online participated in Tuesday’s caucus, marking an extremely high turnout rate. Voters of all ages, from millennials right through to people in their 80s, chose to cast their vote online. Participation was strongest amongst voters aged 56-65. The online system also made the election more inclusive as Utah Republicans voted online from over 45 countries, including places as far away as French Polynesia, South Africa and Japan.
Commenting on the online voting experience in this first-ever Caucus held in Utah, James Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party stated: “We are proud to have taken a leading role in election modernization. By offering online voting, we expanded the number of options citizens have to participate and made voting as convenient as possible. Technology proved key in engaging citizens and bolstering democracy.”