Justice Dias Toffoli, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) participates of “Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections”, a conference that is being held in Washington, D.C., this Friday (9). He will speak in the panel called “New democracies, new technology”, which will discuss the successful use of technology in developing countries like India and Brazil in contrast with countries like the United States, Ireland and the Netherlands, where technology did not deliver the expected auspicious results. Justice Dias Toffoli´s trip to the U.S. is done at no cost to the TSE.
Atlantic Council is the think-tank that organized the conference. Its mission is to promote constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community´s central role in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, Atlantic Council provides forum for the discussion of global issues, shaping policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Giuseppe Dutra Janino, Chief Information Officer of the TSE, will also attend the event that gathers influential personalities like Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Susan Molinari, former U.S. Congresswoman and current vice-president of public policy and government relations for the Americas at Google, Inc.; Pat Merloe, senior associate and director of electoral programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI); and Manish Tewari, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting for the Indian Government.
Justice Dias Toffoli will deliver a presentation on Brazilian 2014 elections, detailing facts and figures that led to the ranking of Brazil as the world´s fourth largest democracy, comprising almost 143 million voters. He will also address the judicial and administrative nature of Electoral Courts, explaining about the uniformity and national coverage of Brazilian electoral law, given that Brazilian States have no competence to legislate on the organization of elections.
The president of the TSE will also speak about the successful experience of Electoral Courts with the implementation of the electronic voting system in Brazil. He will begin analyzing the problems identified in the traditional voting system, especially the slow tabulation of votes cast and paper ballot fraud. Finally, he will point to the safety, reliability and effectiveness of Brazil´s current voting system, emphasizing the soundness of safety and verification mechanisms that feature in all Brazilian e-voting machines (EVMs), which make it possible to audit elections.
On Thursday (8), the president of the TSE meets with Bill Sweeney, president and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Chad Vickery, director of IFES´ Center for Applied Research and Learning.
On the following Tuesday (13), prior to flying back to Brazil, he is expected to visit the Supreme Court of the United States and meet with Nestor Mendez and Francisco Guerrero, who are respectively assistant secretary general and secretary for the strengthening of democracy at the Organization of American States (OAS).