FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2012
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina - National and international media turned out in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to learn about how the latest breakthrough technology is being used to make voting more accessible.
The Association of Election Officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representing disabled voters, and Everyone Counts presented the joint project to facilitate greater access to the ballot and participation of voters with disabilities in the election process. The initiative is supported by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The latest stage of the initiative is to make the voting system available to voters in a simulated election being conducted in Sarajevo and Banja Luka. The Simulated Election is open to all voters, especially people with disabilities. This will lead to the definition of detailed recommendations for providing and improving voting access and participation by persons with disabilities in future elections in BiH, focusing on the 2014 parliamentary election.
The Everyone Counts voting solution allows any regular computer to be used to access, mark, and print the ballot. Compared to traditional paper ballots, this is a much more efficient, easy, and accurate voting process for voters. This is especially the case for persons with disabilities or visual impairments, who are able to use interactive assistive devices and screen reading technology to mark and cast their ballot privately and independently.
Everyone Counts is working closely with a number of NGOs to develop and implement the new voting system. This includes the Association of Paraplegics and Persons with Infantile Paralysis of the Federation of BiH, the Association of Blind Persons of Sarajevo Canton, and the Coordination Board of the Organizations of Disabled People in the Republic of Srpska.
Everyone Counts was represented at the press conference by Director of International Sales, Mike Summers, and Chief of Elections, Paul DeGregorio. “We are honored to be working with the AEOBiH and all the partners on this exciting initiative to ensure persons with disabilities the opportunity to vote privately and independently,” said Mr. DeGregorio. “The level of interest from the media today shows how important this mission is, and we are all excited at the great reception the new software voting solutions received.”
The Everyone Counts’ voting system will also be discussed at the 21st Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO), which is being held in Sarajevo between 13 – 15 September 2012.
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Everyone Counts, the world’s leading provider of state-of-the-art election administration and voting systems, uniquely combines world-class expertise in technology, computer security, usability and election administration. Through this experience and expertise, Everyone Counts has modernized best-election-practices worldwide since 1997. Unique in the industry, Everyone Counts’ continually innovates to meet customer needs. Its patent pending innovations are quickly becoming the industry standard globally and are transforming the $31 billion election industry. Everyone Counts’ SaaS-based election administration tools and voting platform are helping governments and private membership organizations to improve their existing processes, systems and services. Ease of adoption is core to the Everyone Counts voting platform. The firm’s ability to integrate its modern election systems with existing processes is unmatched worldwide.
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