Everyone Counts Election System Success To Be Repeated In Australian By-election

Electronically assisted voting for New South Wales State By-election for Heffron

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA - Following the outstanding success of ‘iVote’ electronic voting, provided by Everyone Counts, in both general elections and a by-election last year, the New South Wales (NSW) Electoral Commission in Australia is continuing to offer this service for the upcoming State By-election for Heffron. The iVote online and telephone voting system operates through Everyone Counts’ next generation election and voting system and technology. 

The NSW Electoral Commission has made the Everyone Counts system available to voters who are either visually impaired, have other disabilities, are illiterate, are living more than 20km from a polling place, or are outside NSW on election day. The Heffron By-election is for a NSW Parliamentary seat which was recently vacated.

The use of iVote at the elections in March 2011 enabled over 46,000 voters, triple the expected turnout, to cast their ballots via the internet and telephone for the State General Election.  Internet voting usage then doubled in the November 2011 NSW Clarence Parliamentary Seat By-election, when the ‘iVote’ online voting platform provided by Everyone Counts was again made available, enfranchising many voters who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to vote.

“Universal access to the ballot is precisely why we innovated to create our eLect® Next Generation Voting System.”  said Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO Everyone Counts. “We are honored therefore that the NSW Electoral Commission have again partnered with us to serve voters with disabilities and remote voters.”

The NSW Electoral Commission issued the following Press Release:


 
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1 August 2012

Electronically Assisted Voting for the Heffron State By-election

Applications are now open for iVote registration at the Heffron State By-election to be held Saturday, 25 August 2012.

The iVote system allows eligible people to vote using the telephone or on the internet. iVote is available to people who are blind, vision impaired or with other disabilities, who are illiterate, living more than 20km from a polling place or who are outside NSW on election day.

“People have the right to a secret ballot. This innovation will allow a range of people to vote unassisted”, said Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry.

“The availability of internet voting will also greatly benefit electors who are interstate or overseas on election day”.

Applications will close Wednesday, 22 August at 6pm EST. Registered electors can then vote using the iVote system from 8am EST Monday, 13 August to 6pm EST Friday, 24 August.

To find out more about iVote visit  www.ivote.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 24 86 83 (from outside Australia call  +612 9290 5287) 9am-5pm EST Monday-Friday. For information about the Heffron State By-election visit www.votensw.info/heffron or call 1300 135 736.

For enquiries in languages other than English call our interpreting service on 13 14 50. Enquiries by people with hearing or speech impairments can be made through the National Relay Service on 13 36 77.

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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 practices in elections 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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