AVR Microcontroller Based Electronic Voting Machine Project


ByDilip Raja 10

AVR Microcontroller Based Electronic Voting Machine Project

Whenever we go to vote for elections we come to see electronic voting machines. In this project we are going to design and develop a simple voting machine by using ATmega32A microcontroller. Although we can use the controller to get more than 32 people voting machine, to keep everything simple we are going to make a voting system for a size of four people.We will have four buttons for four people and whenever a button is pressed, a vote goes for the corresponding person and the number of votes each person gets shown on LCD.


Components Required



Power supply (5v)


JHD_162ALCD (16x2 LCD)

100nF capacitor (five pieces), 100uF capacitor (connected across power supply)

button(five pieces),

10KΩ resistor (five pieces).



Atmel studio 6.1

progisp or flash magic.


Circuit Diagram and Working Explanation

Electronic Voting Machine Circuit Diagram

As shown in the above electronic voting machine circuit, PORTA of ATMEGA32 microcontroller is connected to data port of 16x2 LCD. Here one should remember to disable the JTAG communication in PORTC of ATMEGA by changing the fuse bytes, if one wants to use the PORTC as a normal communication port. In 16x2 LCD, there are 16 pins over all if there is a back light, if there is no back light there will be 14 pins. One can power or leave the back light pins. Now in the 14 pins there are 8 data pins (7-14 or D0-D7), 2 power supply pins (1&2 or VSS&VDD or gnd&+5v), 3rd pin for contrast control (VEE-controls how thick the characters should be shown), 3 control pins (RS&RW&E).


In the circuit, you can observe that I have only taken two control pins as this give the flexibility of better understanding. The contrast bit and READ/WRITE are not often used so they can be shorted to ground. This puts LCD in highest contrast and read mode. We just need to control ENABLE and RS pins to send characters and data accordingly.


The connections which are done for LCD are given below:

PIN1 or VSS - ground

PIN2 or VDD or VCC - +5v power

PIN3 or VEE - ground (gives maximum contrast best for a beginner)

PIN4 or RS (Register Selection) - PD6 of uC

PIN5 or RW (Read/Write) - ground (puts LCD in read mode eases the communication for user)

PIN6 or E (Enable) - PD5 of uC

PIN7 or D0 - PA0 of uC

PIN8 or D1 - PA1 of uC

PIN9 or D2 - PA2 of uC

PIN10 or D3 - PA3 of uC

PIN11 or D4 - PA4 of uC

PIN12 or D5 - PA5 of uC

PIN13 or D6 - PA6 of uC

PIN14 or D7-- PA7 of uC


In the circuit you can see we have used 8bit communication (D0-D7) however this is not a compulsory. We can use 4bit communication (D4-D7) but with 4 bit communication program becomes a bit complex so I just went with 8 bit communication.


So from mere observation of above table we are connecting 10 pins of LCD to controller in which 8 pins are data pins and 2 pins for control. There are five buttons present here, four for incrementing the votes of candidates and fifth is for resetting the candidate’s votes to zero.


The capacitors present here is for nullifying the bouncing effect of buttons. If they are removed the controller might count more than one each time the button is pressed. The resistors connected for pins are for limiting the current, when the button is pressed to pull down the pin to the ground.


Whenever a button is pressed, The corresponding pin of controller gets pulled down to ground and thus the controller recognizes that certain button is pressed and corresponding action to be taken, it may be incrementing the candidate votes or resetting of votes depending on button pressed.


When the button representing a corresponding person is pressed, the controller picks it and increments the corresponding person number inside its memory after increment it shows the corresponding persons score on the 16x2 LCD display.


The working of  this microcontroller based electronic voting machine is explained in step by step of C code down below, 


C Program for AVR Microcontroller Based Electronic Voting Machine
#include <avr/io.h> //header to enable data flow control over pins
#define F_CPU 1000000 //telling controller crystal frequency attached
#include <util/delay.h> //header to enable delay function in program
#define    E   5 //giving name “enable”  to 5th pin of PORTD, since it Is connected to LCD enable pin
#define RS  6 //giving name “registerselection” to 6th pin of PORTD, since is connected to LCD RS pin
void send_a_command(unsigned char command);
void send_a_character(unsigned char character);
int main(void)
    DDRA = 0xFF; //putting porta and port d as output pins
    DDRD = 0xFF;
    _delay_ms(50); //giving delay of 50ms
    DDRB = 0; //Taking portB as input.
    int16_t COUNTA = 0; // person1 votes storing memory
    char SHOWA [16]; // person1 votes displaying character on LCD
    int16_t COUNTB = 0;  // person2 votes storing memory
    char SHOWB [16]; // person2 votes displaying character on LCD
    int16_t COUNTC = 0; // person3 votes storing memory
    char SHOWC [16]; // person3 votes displaying character on LCD
    int16_t COUNTD = 0; // person4 votes storing memory
    char SHOWD [16]; //person4 votes displaying character on LCD
    send_a_command(0x01);  //Clear Screen 0x01 = 00000001
    send_a_command(0x38); //telling lcd we are using 8bit command /data mode
    send_a_command(0b00001111); //LCD SCREEN ON and courser blinking
        send_a_string ("A="); // displaying person1 name
        send_a_command(0x80 + 2); // shifting cursor  to 3rd shell
        itoa(COUNTA,SHOWA,10); // command for putting variable number in LCD(variable number, in which character to replace, which base is variable(ten here as we are counting number in base10))
        send_a_string(SHOWA); //telling the display to show character(replaced by variable number) of first person after positioning the courser on LCD.
        send_a_command(0x80 + 8); // shifting cursor  to 9th shell
        send_a_string ("B="); // displaying person2name
        send_a_command(0x80 + 10); //shifting cursor  to 11th shell
        itoa(COUNTB,SHOWB,10); //command for putting variable number in LCD(variable number, in which character to replace, which base is variable(ten here as we are counting number in base10))
        send_a_string(SHOWB); ); //telling the display to show character(replaced by variable number) of second person after positioning the courser on LCD.
        send_a_command(0x80 + 0x40 + 0); // shifting cursor  to 1st  shell  of second line
        send_a_string ("C="); // displaying person3 name
        send_a_command(0x80 + 0x40 + 2); //shifting cursor  to 3rd  shell  of second line
        send_a_command(0x80 + 0x40 + 8); // shifting cursor  to 9th   shell  of second line
        send_a_string ("D="); //displaying person4name
        send_a_command(0x80 + 0x40 + 10); //shifting cursor  to 11th   shell  of second line
        send_a_command(0x80 + 0); // shifting cursor  to 0th position
        if (bit_is_clear(PINB,0))//when button one  is pressed
            COUNTA++; // increment the vote memory of first person by one
        if (bit_is_clear(PINB,1)) // when button 2  is pressed
            COUNTB++; // increment the vote memory of second person by one
        if (bit_is_clear(PINB,2)) // when button 3  is pressed
            COUNTC++; // increment the vote memory of third person by one
        if (bit_is_clear(PINB,3)) // when button 4  is pressed
            COUNTD++; // increment the vote memory of fourth person by one
        if (bit_is_clear(PINB,4)) // when button 5  is pressed
            COUNTA=COUNTB=COUNTC=COUNTD=0; //clearing vote memory of all persons.
    void send_a_command(unsigned char command)
        PORTA = command;
        PORTD &= ~ (1<<RS); //putting 0 in RS to tell lcd we are sending command
        PORTD |= 1<<E; //telling lcd to receive command /data at the port
        PORTD &= ~1<<E; //telling lcd we completed sending data
        PORTA= 0;
    void send_a_character(unsigned char character)
        PORTA= character;
        PORTD |= 1<<RS; //telling LCD we are sending data not commands
        PORTD |= 1<<E; //telling LCD to start receiving command/data
        PORTD &= ~1<<E; //telling lcd we completed sending data/command
        PORTA = 0;


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  • Stefan Lee's picture
    Stefan Lee
    Dec 18, 2015

    May I know what is the coding for "send_a_string ("A=")". Thank you.

  • yigrem's picture
    Mar 13, 2016

    basic prinicple of count swicth &master swicth

  • michael's picture
    May 26, 2016

    hi i have be following up with ur demos .please how then can you pass a string as arguments of a function?cause i want to control multiple pwms by sending different duty as a string at a time


    void setpm( unit8_t dutya ,unit8_t dutyb)
    { OCRO=dutya;
    i can type on my lcd and press a key like enter .

  • DILIP RAJA's picture
    May 30, 2016

    Share the brief detail of your project i will help you.

  • michael's picture
    Jun 02, 2016

    i have made an led display with two colours leds using two pwm pins .pinD7;pinD3 on the atmega32. i want a way to change the duty of each led by passing the commands using my keyboard .so that at one i can make one colour brighter than the other. thanks

  • Mengisteab's picture
    Feb 17, 2017

    Iam try to do the same thing that you already here did. But with xmega board in Atmel studio 7.0. And i have a problem with the code that you already did here. Can you help me with that???thank you

  • starsofchance's picture
    Jun 01, 2017

    hi.i wanted to simulate the code in CV-avr and make a .cof file for Proteus.
    could u please help me?

  • prashant's picture
    Jul 27, 2017

    send_a_string ("a=")

    what is the function of these??????/

  • Iswarya's picture
    Aug 19, 2017

    What is the function snippet for send_a_string.

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