Derry-based Modern Democracy brings digital transformation for voting

  • Derry-based tech company Modern Democracy has successfully deployed its new digital platform to transform polling stations in the UK's 2019 local elections.

    While digital voting booths and counting machines have had shaky histories, there are still plenty of ways that polling stations can be digitally transformed for the modern era. Derry-based company Modern Democracy set out to revolutionise the polling booth with its new award-winning Modern Polling platform, and has just successfully deployed its technology in the UK 2019 local elections.

    The Modern Polling platform provides instant access to online electoral register data and a dashboard that displays real-time information and statistics on number of ballots and voter turnout. The platform collects data in realtime and helps provide up-to-the-minute statistics that could revolutionise the way the media reports on voting as it happens and streamlines the administrative side of polling stations without disrupting the actual voting system.

    Modern Democracy employs 20 staff in Derry and hopes to expand now following this successful trial where the new platform was successfully deployed in 143 polling stations in England. It could be rolled out into other polling stations throughout the UK in the future to help reduce administrative burden and provide statistics on voter turnout.

    Founder Siobhan Donaghy said: "Our people developed the cutting edge software and delivered first class services to our customers. Plus. We’re backed by incredible local support of InvestNI. We also have the confidence of our investors, a number of NI based business angels, and recently completed a £750,000 funding round which was supported by Techstart and Crescent Capital."

    Source: Written based on press release

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