FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant announced a new system utilizing Everyone Counts’ Next Generation voting platform, eLect®, to provide servicemen and women overseas a revolutionary experience in casting a ballot.
The new system, called Innovative Overseas Absentee-Balloting System (iOASIS), for the first time in history integrates the security of the Common Access Card (CAC) issued by the Department of Defense with a state of the art voting system. iOASIS verifies and authenticates overseas voters, allowing voters to register, request, receive and mark an absentee ballot in seconds, securely and reliably. This streamlines a 60-day process into a transaction completed in under 5 minutes. After a voter marks their ballot, the ballot is printed and returned for counting, but could be easily and securely returned electronically, as well, further streamlining the process.
The iOASIS program has been successfully tested nearly 1,000 times with the assistance of the South Dakota National Guard. The program increases the percentage of ballots successfully returned by dramatically reducing paperwork and increasing efficiency and security. The iOASIS program will be launched in 2014 elections.
“We are excited to have been selected to work with South Dakota and Secretary Gant on this innovative solution,” said Lori Steele, CEO of Everyone Counts, Inc. “Ensuring that all voters - especially military and overseas voters - can securely and privately vote, knowing their ballot will be reliably counted, has always been our mission. As the industry leader in election innovation, we are thrilled to deliver another important ‘world-first’ in elections, this time for the people of South Dakota.”
“I am proud to play a part in correcting the injustice that servicemen and women experience in their ballots not being counted,” said Secretary Gant. “They deserve the same opportunity that everyone else has. When we decided to raise the bar for security and access in elections for our military using advanced technology, it was important to choose a partner that could be relied on to deliver success, especially given the very tight schedule. Everyone Counts, with decades of success in delivering continual election innovation, was the clear choice. And they have delivered with excellence.”