Multi-year agreement to improve access for State's military & overseas voters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN DIEGO — The Colorado Secretary of State has selected Everyone Counts to implement a new, state-of-the-art ballot delivery system to serve military personnel and other overseas voters. Traditional vote-by-mail has historically made it difficult for overseas ballots to make it back to the states in time to be counted. Online ballot access will be provided to Colorado’s military and other overseas citizen voters from all 64 counties. It will make it much easier for these eligible voters to participate in elections while simultaneously reducing impacts on administrative resources.
The five-year statewide contract awarded to Everyone Counts, Inc. will allow military and other overseas voters to go online to access, mark and print 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 worldwide.
The system also includes Everyone Counts’ patent-pending Transcriber™. This uses 2D Bar-Code technology to enable a ballot to be simply scanned and accurately and quickly transferred onto official ballot paper. It replaces repetitive, manual, error-prone ballot remaking with a system that ensures the ballot can be quickly, properly and officially counted.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said “Our overseas voters and military personnel deserve secure and innovative solutions for receiving their ballots. Everyone Counts has a proven track record working with Colorado citizens and county clerks to implement secure and convenient ballot access that will help enfranchise Colorado citizens serving abroad.”
We are delighted to have been selected by the State of Colorado to provide a more accessible, secure and cost-effective voting system for military personnel and overseas voters,” said Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts, Inc. “Our company was founded to set a new standard of security, accessibility, and transparency in elections. We’re honored to be working with the State of Colorado to ensure that every citizen with a right to vote can do so privately and trust that their vote will be secure. We thank Secretary of State Scott Gessler for leading this major advance in the electoral process and for placing their trust in Everyone Counts.”
The new electronic system has been implemented to meet and exceed the requirements of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. Specifically, it will provide a consistent experience for eligible voters from all 64 counties in Colorado. It improves administrative efficiencies for providing, receiving and processing ballots from eligible voters.
Security of the online system was a major consideration in awarding the contract to Everyone Counts. As recipients of the Center for Digital Government’s Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award in September 2011, the State of Colorado has demonstrated its commitment to keep confidential data secure. This prestigious e.Republic award – underwritten by McAfee – recognized the adoption of technology and processes to mitigate risks and combat security breaches. Everyone Counts’ voting systems feature multiple layers of military-grade encryption and its infrastructure meets and exceeds government standards.
The Everyone Counts electronic election platform includes extensive data collection and reporting tools. This will assist the State of Colorado in optimizing the ballot delivery and marking platform and assessing the opportunity to further improve other election processes in the future.
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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