Association of Election Officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Central Election Commission partner with Everyone Counts to facilitate access to ballots for voters with disabilities
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SAN DIEGO, CA — The Association of Election Officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) in association with the Central Election Commission, have selected Everyone Counts’ election and voting system to improve voting access and participation by people with disabilities in future elections. The initiative is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the global population has some form of physical disability or visual impairment, with a higher incidence in post conflict countries. Under traditional voting systems, many persons with disabilities are forced to disclose their choices to whoever assists them in marking their ballot. Also, many polling locations are not physically accessible to voters with disabilities. The implementation of the Everyone Counts voting solutions will empower voters with disabilities in Bosnia & Herzegovina to participate in the electoral process and to cast their ballots in secrecy.
Zvjezdana Dragovic, Acting Executive Director, of the AEOBiH said, “The principle of free-and–fair democracy assumes that every eligible voter, regardless of physical capability, should be afforded an equal opportunity to cast his or her ballot independently and privately. We are delighted to be partnering with Everyone Counts to bring their global election and voting expertise and solutions to meet this essential human right.”
“We are honored to have been selected by BiH and its election administrators to improve access to the ballot for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s voters with disabilities”, said Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts, Inc. “Since our founding, our mission has been to ensure that every citizen with a right to vote can do so privately and independently. We thank USAID, the Association of Election Officials of BiH and the Central Election Commission for leading this advance in democracy and for its confidence in Everyone Counts.”
Everyone Counts will also work closely with a number of non-governmental organizations 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. The election solutions will be introduced for voters with disabilities in the local binding elections in October 2012. 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.
About Everyone Counts, Inc.
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.
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