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Pima County, Arizona is providing voters with the use of eLect® Accessibility by Everyone Counts, a voting system that operates on a Sony Tap 20 Windows 8 Tablet. This replaces the need to use the traditional sole-purpose voting machines, many of which are several years old and run on outdated software. Voters simply access their eLect® generated ballot on the Sony Tap 20 Windows 8 device in the polling place. After marking their selections, the ballot is then printed on a HP OfficeJet 150 printer . The Everyone Counts eLect® voting system has previously been used for citizens to cast ballots when they are overseas or in group residential homes, but this is the first time a commercially available Tablet will be used for voting in a U.S. Polling Place.
The eLect® system can be used for all voters, but in this Pilot for an Incorporation Election in the proposed town of Vail, it will be made available to persons with disabilities. This great improvement in voting accessibility is user-friendly, because it operates on a familiar touchscreen tablet, and allows for the easy use of assistive devices, such as input button switches for persons with disabilities and audio ballots for visually impaired or blind voters.
Everyone Counts’ eLect® voting software on the Sony Tap 20 Windows 8 Tablet is a major advance in ensuring access to the ballot for all voters. Using a Tablet significantly reduces costs, and unlike traditional voting machines, they can be re-purposed for other uses after an election. Everyone Counts uses military-grade encryption and multiple security processes to protect the voting process, and a paper ballot is printed out.
Everyone Counts’ Chairman and CEO, Lori Steele said, “This is a game-changing day in U.S. elections. Best practices and state of the art technologies used for decades in other industries need to be brought into elections to improve accessibility, security and transparency, and to reduce costs. That need is being met today for the first time in a U.S. Polling Place, with Pima County’s leadership in adopting our eLect® voting system operating on the Sony Tap 20 Windows 8 Tablet. Our perpetually state-of-the-art software is continuously updated to seamlessly integrate the latest proven advances in software, such as screen-readers, accessibility, security, processing and auditability. This is the next generation of voting, and it is happening now. We thank Pima County for partnering with us on this major advance in elections, and we are excited to now rapidly bring these new standards to all voters, counties and States across the nation.”