EY announces Everyone Counts’ CEO Lori Steele is an Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award finalist in San Diego


SAN DIEGO, May 19 , 2014 – EY today announced that Lori Steele, CEO of Everyone Counts has been named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in San Diego.  The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Lori Steele was selected as a finalist from nearly 55 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 17, 2014 at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. 

EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Entrepreneur of the Year

 “It is a great honor to be selected as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in San Diego,” said Lori Steele. “Everyone Counts is transforming the global elections industry from antiquated purpose-built hardware and error-prone manual paper processes to a Software as a Service model. As proven by the many high integrity industries that have migrated their mission-critical business processes to SaaS over the past decades, election administration and voting can now see greater efficiencies, auditability, security and access for end-users, all at a reduced cost. With Everyone Counts’ eLect® platform the end users are voters, and the process is democracy. So these world-changing improvements are no longer optional. Being considered for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award attests to Everyone Counts’ success and leadership in driving these improvements and innovations in the elections industry, and I am honored.”

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.



Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In San Diego, regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Cox Business, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, and The Daily Transcript

About Everyone Counts:

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 in a Pilot election, so that they could vote privately and independently for the first time. 2013 saw Everyone Counts taking stewardship of the State of New Jersey’s Voter Registration System. In 2014, Everyone Counts will transition the Emmy Awards to online voting, as well as work with South Dakota to improve voting for Military Overseas voters. 

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY

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Stefanie Histed

Communications & Administrative Manager Stefanie Histed is proud to help introduce eLect VRS to counties and states looking to modernize, in part because streamlining administrative processes and improving efficiency satisfies her passion for good logistics. She has a bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University.