Independent Party of Oregon Chooses Everyone Counts for their First Ever Online Primary Election

Everyone Counts chosen for first ever online primary election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN DIEGO, CA - The Independent Party will conduct the first ever Oregon minor party primary election open to every member of the party.  The party's secure online election will open July 8 and close July 30. "No minor party in Oregon has ever provided a more equal opportunity for its entire membership to decide its nominations," says Independent Party chair, Linda Williams. To accomplish this they have selected Everyone Counts, a San Diego, California based company that provides secure universal access voting solutions and consulting.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by the Independent Party to conduct this historic election,” says Lori Steele, CEO of Everyone Counts.  Everyone Count’s eLect® platform is the basis for the entire eLect suite of solutions and allows us to deliver the highest-integrity end-to-end digital voting solutions in the world.  “Security, transparency, and accessibility are our highest priorities,” says Steele.  Everyone Counts uses military-grade encryption to secure every ballot cast using an eLect solution.  As the only election company in the world whose election software code is open to public audit, (our Open Code Advantage), our customers never have to worry about “mystery” software and "black box" hardware. Everyone Counts internationally recognized computer security and election experts bring together state of the art digital election solutions and improved administrative processes – all with a huge cost savings in comparison to poll station and mail voting.

Registered members of the Independent Party of Oregon will receive a unique set of credentials directly from the Party.  The elector will then go to the specific URL and is authenticated to receive their specific ballot.  They will then mark the ballot using the eLect solution, review the completed ballot and make changes as needed.  The elector will then cast their ballot and receive a receipt.  At the end of the election, the encrypted ballots are not accessible by any one individual until each of the election officials comes together in a quorum and provides their unique passwords to the system. That allows for the decryption and counting of the votes. At the end of the election, the voter can verify that their vote was received and counted by going to a special Web site.

The eLect Universal solution also addresses the needs of the Independent Party of Oregon’s voters with disabilities.  Our solutions never use proprietary hardware, voters—no matter the impairment—can use their own assistive devices on their own private computers and phones.

Everyone Counts, Inc., was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Defense, through the Federal Voting Assistance Program, as a supplier of MOVE Act-compliant voting systems for US states and territories for 2010 elections.  The federal MOVE Act (Military & Overseas Voter Empowerment Act) was passed and funded to ensure that every state and territory is able to implement a solution to provide their voters living or serving in the military overseas with the option of an electronic ballot in 2010.

Everyone Counts has also provided secure remote electronic voting with a choice of electronic or paper ballot return and tabulation for governments on three continents with voters in over 156 countries, including Afghanistan and Antarctica.  Everyone Counts has the products, services, experience and knowledge to help election officials ensure every voter has private and independent access to a secure ballot, reliably counted. And Everyone Counts unique eLect® platform significantly reduces the administrative burden on election officials that work hard day in and day out to serve voters effectively.

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Since 1996 Everyone Counts, the industry-leading elections company based in San Diego, Calif., provides the world’s most secure Universal Access voting solutions using transparent technology and expert consulting.  Our clients have included governments, political parties, labor unions, associations, schools and universities, and private companies.  With local elections expertise on six continents and the highest integrity end-to-end web based voting solution in the world; Everyone Counts’ elections are accessible, accurate, secure, auditable and completely transparent.

The Independent Party of Oregon was formed by petition and recognized by the State of Oregon in January 2007. The party currently has more than 54,000 members, making it the third largest political party in Oregon. In 2009, the party played a leading role in the passage of legislation to allow candidates to list the names of up to three nominating parties on the November ballot.