The Chicago Election Board is partnering with San Diego-based Everyone Counts to improve access to the ballot for military and overseas voters
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The Chicago Election Board, which oversees one of the largest voting jurisdictions in the USA, has selected Everyone Counts to implement a new state-of-the-art ballot delivery system. In compliance with the MOVE Act, this system will provide military and overseas voters with secure online ballot access.
The work with Everyone Counts’ secure online ballot delivery system will launch with distribution of ballots on Feb. 3 to military and overseas voters ahead of the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary Election.
Military and overseas voters will be able to go online to request, receive and mark their ballots. No matter where they are in the world, they will be able to securely access their unique ballot from any internet device. This includes PCs, Laptops, iPads, tablets and even smartphones. Everyone Counts Software as a Service election platform provides a secure, reliable and transparent process for receiving and marking ballots from anywhere in the world. The application can easily be expanded to include all absentee voters and has the potential to save up to 50% of the cost of Chicagoans voting by mail, while increasing accessibility and security of the ballot.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Chicago Election Board to improve access to the ballot for Chicago’s military and overseas citizens,” said Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts, Inc. “Our Company was founded with the mission of ensuring that every citizen with a right to vote can do so privately and independently. It is an honor for us to partner with the City of Chicago in making this a reality for their voters. We thank the Board of Elections for leading this advance in democracy and for placing their trust in Everyone Counts.”
“We have always prided ourselves on consistently delivering the ballots to members of the Armed Forces first, ahead of any other voters,” Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal said. “We hope this system will simplify that process for the benefit of all voters covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) in this and future elections. We look forward to working with Everyone Counts to modernize our democracy.”
The online balloting system is being funded by a grant from the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). This is part of the “Electronic Absentee Systems for Elections” (EASE) program, which includes in its aims to increase accessibility to the ballot for military voters and to ensure their votes are counted. It also supports compliance with the MOVE Act, which requires accessibility for all voters, in time enough to vote.
Lori Steele added, “Everyone Counts’ transparent, secure and accessible election administration and voting platform is transforming the $16 billion government elections industry globally. In Chicago we will be working with one of the most professional and innovative election departments in the US. And we are delighted to help them drive this new era in voting, particularly for the military voters that will be overseas, laying their lives on the line during the next election, to ensure all of our freedom.”
About Everyone Counts, Inc.
With secure, transparent and universally accessible election systems, Everyone Counts believes that efficient, affordable and trusted elections should be available to voters, election officials and poll workers everywhere. Our internationally recognized team of computer security and election administration experts has been establishing best practices in electronic voting since 1997.
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