Everyone Counts at SXSW 2017: Disrupting the Voting Booth

For the third year in a row, Everyone Counts took its place with top global technology companies in Austin at the SXSW Conference. Vice President of Election Operations, James Simmons, joined a prestigious panel of forward-thinking government officials and policymakers to discuss the role of technology in elections.

Titled Text2Vote: Simple Policy Changes for Major Impact, the panel included Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX), Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL), and was moderated by Meredith Mull, Director of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The focus of discussion was technology and security in voting, and the legislation that allows or limits the use of technology. As an example of a disruptive technology system that has improved a traditional process, Mr. Simmons introduced one of Everyone Counts’ premier solutions: Secure Accessible Absentee Voting (SAAV).

“Secure Accessible Absentee Voting is the optimal innovation to replace the voting booth,” said Simmons. “Voters can access secure, accurate ballots from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Cyber threats are mitigated with sophisticated cryptography and modern security protocols. We now have an option for voters that increases participation, is universally accessible, has multiple levels of auditability, and provides accurate and rapid reporting.“

The lively panel discussion provided a window into how disruptive technologies overcome the pull of tradition and gave credence to Mashable’s overall description of the SXSW audience: “The 38,000 reported attendees at SXSW are some of the most engaged, digitally-curious, and influential group of any event in the world.”

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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.