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III. Privacy issues

Voting privacy

Voting in Paraguay is compulsory for those between the ages of 18 and 75.1 The penalty for not voting is a fine.2 In 2001, Paraguay entered into an agreement, which was partly funded by the United States, to hold a rehearsal election using electronic voting (e-voting) technology. The test of e-voting was made possible through two agreements signed between the Superior Court of Electoral Justice of Paraguay and the Organization of American States, as well as with the Electoral Superior Court of Brazil, which provided technical support and the ballot boxes used in the voting process. The rehearsal project was conducted in seven municipalities, each involving the participation of 1.56 percent of the voter population. Citizen participation in the voting process increased from an average of 54 percent to 78 percent in some locations. Voters were universally supportive of e-voting.