Derry-based election tech firm Modern Democracy set to expand

  • Modern Democracy is set to expand as it continues to bring digital transformation to the election process.

    Though important votes in the UK are still conducted on paper for security purposes, other aspects of the election process could benefit from digital transformation. Everything from producing statistics on voter turnout to looking up electoral register data can be automated to speed up the voting process and reduce the administative overhead of polling stations.

    That's the goal of Derry-based firm Modern Democracy with its cloud-based Modern Polling software. The company has sucessfully rolled out its polling station management software in several local council elections in England this year, helping polling station managers in Sheffield City Council, Watford Borough Council, and at Mid-Sussex District Council.

    Modern Democracy has now announced that it's expanding with support from Invest NI to hire new roles and conduct further research and development on its software.  A total of £158,000 has been provided by Invest NI to support the R&D and the creation of eight new jobs across management, sales, marketing, and project management. This comes on the back of a £750,000 investment from Crescent Capital and TechStart back in December 2018.

    Carmel Quigg, Account Director at Modern Democracy, commented on its plans to roll its tech out across Great Britain initially: "Our main ambition is to become the market leader in polling day digital solutions across GB. There is a strong demand to update traditional voting and polling methods and to connect with younger generations to encourage them to vote and participate in the democratic process. Using agile delivery techniques and centric design processes we have created a secure, transparent system to digitally transform traditional voting methods."

    Source: Written based on press release

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