Lori Steele, Founder-CEO of Everyone Counts named to Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fortune Magazine announced that it has selected Everyone Counts’ Founder, Chairman and CEO, Lori Steele, as one of the 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs for 2013.

Each year the award is given to ten female entrepreneurs who lead thriving, world-changing companies. They are invited to share their stories at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, which attracts 400 remarkable leaders—including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, entrepreneur Tory Burch, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Warren Buffet. The 2013 Summit is scheduled for October 15–17 in Washington, DC.

Lori J. Steele

Lori J. Steele

 “I am deeply honored to be selected by Fortune Magazine to this prestigious list of extraordinary women leading extraordinary companies,” said Lori Steele. “Recognition of Everyone Counts’ success by Fortune validates that our unique perpetually state of the art Software as a Service solutions are transforming election administration and voting globally. Everyone Counts was founded to bring state of the art technologies to the election industry that for decades have been proven in other mission-critical industries. These technologies can replace the expensive, antiquated purpose-built hardware-based election systems and the error-prone manual and paper processes that plague public and private sector organization elections throughout the world.  Our solutions bring increased accessibility and improved accuracy, security and auditability for all elections, as well as significant cost savings. I sincerely thank Fortune Magazine for recognizing Everyone Counts’ game-changing success through my selection to their prestigious list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.”

Everyone Counts is disrupting the $31 billion elections industry and migrating government and private-sector elections worldwide to its Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The company provided election services to nearly 100 election jurisdictions across the US in the 2012 Presidential election, pioneered the first use of iPads for voting in the State of Oregon in 2011 and 2012, and provided the largest ever online voting to-date in a government election, in the State of New South Wales, Australia in 2011. Bosnia-Herzegovina provided Everyone Counts’ voting systems to citizens with disabilities–on the 20th anniversary of its Civil War–so that they could vote privately and independently for the first time. 2013 has seen Everyone Counts taking stewardship of the State of New Jersey’s Voter Registration System, as well as providing online voting for the iconic Academy Awards, which resulted in their highest voter participation ever.

These Everyone Counts solutions are based on a unique in the industry, end-to-end modular Software as a Service election administration and voting solution platform with over 30 patents-pending. Through the platform, known as eLect®, customers can license any one module to integrate with existing legacy systems, or replace their entire election administration and voting system. Modules include Voter Registration, Electronic Pollbook, Poll Station and Absentee Voting, Third Party Auditing, Tabulation, and Early Election Night Reporting. Each of these systems are hardware agnostic, operating on Tablets, iPads, Android or Windows devices, or any web-enabled laptop or computer.

Lori Steele added, “It has been clear since 2000 that best practices and state of the art technologies used for decades in other industries had not yet been brought to elections. This $31 billion industry, with no clear global leader and using antiquated technologies, was ripe for change. Because elections are one of the most important mission-critical business processes in the world, the change could have significant social benefit if done right. My vision is to become the world’s first Fortune 1000 elections company, while also building a model for social entrepreneurship globally, using proven technologies and best practices in business to have a positive impact on society as a whole.”

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