Alabama sees record turnout for military ballot returns during key primary for the state in 2016 Presidential Electio
Everyone Counts, the innovator in secure, transparent software-based voting solutions, provided the State of Alabama’s military personnel an electronic ballot to vote in this week’s Super Tuesday elections, giving them the opportunity to vote conveniently, accurately, and with full confidence their vote arrived in time to count.
This was the first time online votes were cast in a Presidential Election. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said voter turnout in the state looks "extraordinarily high.”
Military personnel serving abroad were provided their ballots by secure electronic delivery, allowing them to mark their choices and return their encrypted ballot electronically, rather than printing and mailing back to their home county. This translates to expedited return of results for a voting population that has previously had to go through a painstaking mail-in process while serving our country. Paper ballots shipped overseas are often delayed in the complicated military mailing system, taking on average about 30 days to arrive at the voting precincts, and historically many fail to meet the deadline for their votes to be counted.
“The Everyone Counts team is proud to be a strong partner with the State of Alabama during this election to deliver primary ballots to their military personnel,” stated Everyone Counts CEO, Lori Steele Contorer. “We know that the military often feel as if their voices aren’t heard in the election process because of the hoops that they have to jump through to receive their ballots - much less get them returned on-time. We have a solution that solves that problem and it was proven to be effective this past Super Tuesday for Alabama.”
Ballots for eligible military personnel saw an average of 64.3 percent return rate with overseas personnel returning their ballots at 69.9 percent.