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The Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court (SEC) is the highest legal body in the country’s electoral system. With national jurisdiction, the SEC controls 27 regional electoral courts, 3,000 electoral registry offices, and more than 400,000 polling stations throughout Brazil, serving approximately 136 million voters.
The Brazilian SEC has one of the most advanced technology infrastructures in the world, with an outstanding system of electronic voting machines that accelerates voting and enables calculating results within hours after polls close across the country. The electoral system’s management is complex and must handle a significant amount of data. In addition, the SEC is always looking to improve its electoral processes and undertakes extensive data analysis to accomplish that goal.
With a need for better statistical information, the SEC adopted Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition to analyze parameters for each vote, such as each voter’s voting time and profile—including age, sex and education—as well as to calculate paper usage and forecast materials needed in the next election. This information helps the SEC enhance electoral system efficiency and reduce costs. For instance, the SEC used analyses generated from Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition to save US$1 million (2 million Brazilian reals) in São Paulo alone, by using the appropriate size of paper rolls in electronic polls. In addition, the agency used its new solution to balance the distribution of polling stations, reducing voting lines.
The Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court worked with Oracle Partner Formato to implement Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition. “It was a quite representative contribution. The consultants conducted a detailed study of our business and used that information for supporting us to optimize our gains with this tool,” said Giuseppe Dutra Janino, information technology secretary, Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court.