Election officials decide to skip electronic voting

Even though Costa Rican election authorities have an operating electronic voting system, the estimated 13,000 Ticos in foreign lands will cast their ballots on paper Feb. 2.

That was the decision earlier this week by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.

The Tribunal said that there was not enough time to test the system with enough simulated votes. so Costa Ricans in foreign countries will be indicating their preferences at consulates with the same paper ballots that will be used in Costa Rica.

The Tribunal express high hopes that the electronic system will be in use for the 2016 general elections.

The overseas voting locations will be open 10 hours Feb. 2, and the results of voting in each will be sent to Costa Rica that night to be included in the national totals, the Tribunal said.

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