The Role and Importance of Ballot Box Seals & Locks

Election and ballot box security has become a high profile topic recently in the United States. The main reason is that one of the candidates in the US presidential election was constantly warning of fraud months BEFORE the election even took place! Ironically, that candidate won a very close election and there was very little claims or evidence of electoral malfeasance, even in a close election with in excess of 100 million ballots cast. But it is critical in an advanced democracy as the US to ensure a fair election. Throughout other parts of the world with less mature democracies it is even more important to put as many safeguards in place as possible to guard against election fraud. There are many elements to a good election protocol, including ballot box seals and locks.

Optimal Election Security Relies on Many Elements, Including Ballot Box Seals & Locks

Ballot Box Seals & Locks are Critical to Election Security

As I mentioned earlier the fairness of elections is in question in many nascent democracies throughout the world. Even in the more mature western democracies there is significant attention paid to ensuring widespread confidence in the election process. Many things go into securing this confidence; here are a few of the most important:

  1. An independent election commission to oversee the election, staffed fairly by representatives of all major parties as well as individuals whose ethics are seen as non-partisan and above repute
  2. Ability to petition to an independent judiciary to protest any irregularities that are uncovered
  3. Poll monitors at all voting locations, with representatives of all concerned parties
  4. Chain of custody assurance over a variety of materials including blank and completed ballots
  5. Open and transparent ballot counting process

A key point above to ensure confidence in election fairness is point 4. above. It is important that all ballot materials are closely monitored and secured. The standard method for securing key election materials are simple, single-use seals which are applied to ballot boxes and other containers used for the election. Unfortunately, there are a number of drawbacks to using these standard ballot box seals, some of which are detailed in this article.

The OpticalLock system provides a much more capable, secure solution than simple, single-use ballot box seals. The OpticalLock system combines the capabilities of a standard padlock, security seal and tampering tracking/alerting all in one device. The OpticalLock continuously monitors any attempts at tampering with the device and sends real-time alerts to designated election personnel in the event of any anomalous activities. Even when ballot boxes and other election containers are in transit, the on-board GPS of the OpticalLock can ensure that the containers are where they are supposed to be at all times and generate wireless alerts via Geo-fencing if the shipment leaves a predetermined route, or takes too long in-transit. In addition, the OpticalLock system gathers data which can be used as an audit trail to verify chain-of-custody and provide a high level of assurance that no tampering has taken place. The software component of the OpticalLock system uses multiple layers of encryption for all communications and stored data.

You can learn more about OpticalLock and our product line using these links. Please contact us to to explore how OpticalLock products can enhance your election ballot box security strategy today!

Other Posts

OpticalLock Named Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2021 Top 100 Supply Chain Projects

San Diego, California June 28, 2021 – Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, selected OpticalLock as a recipient of the Top Supply Chain Projects Award for 2021. The Top Supply Chain Projects (formerly known as SDCE 100) spotlights successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value […]

Read More


Theft is on the rise once again and small business owners are suffering significant financial loss that could have been avoided if they invested in the OpticalLock Secure Monitoring System.  According to Supply Chain Digest, warehouses continue to be the target of significant theft.  In Texas, one distributor, GoTrax, experienced a $600,000 loss in one […]

Read More