Lori Steele Appointed to San Diego's Elections Taskforce

Task Force to investigate innovative, verifiable and cost-effective vehicles for voter outreach

“The integrity of our voting system and the right of every citizen to know with confidence that his vote is counted is of paramount importance,” said Second District San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, who appointed Ms. Steele. “Lori Steele’s knowledge base and corporate experience in running both public and private-sector elections will provide the Elections Task Force with valuable insight on solutions available to ensure our system runs efficiently, reliably and cost effectively.”

Anticipated items under consideration by the Task Force include innovative, verifiable and cost-effective vehicles for voter outreach (to optimize voter turnout), instant run-off voting, the concept of mail-only balloting and the City’s relationship to the County’s Registrar of Voters, with whom the City of San Diego currently contracts for election services.

Steele has detailed experience in promoting fair elections and improving voting methods and technologies. She was hired as Chief Executive Officer of Everyone Counts -- a provider of software services for secured Internet-based elections and surveys worldwide -- in 2005. Ms. Steele’s team has participated in the development of technical standards for Internet voting and elections in the U.S., as well as for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Association for Secretaries of State (NASS) and NASED forums intended to ensure transparent, secure and accessible elections in the public sector. She recently participated in the World Forum on e-Democracy in Paris, France, and was a panelist-speaker at the United Nations’ ITU World 2003 Forum on Technology and Telecommunications in Geneva, Switzerland.