Colorado Partners With San Diego Firm on Overseas Voting SystemThursday, March 29, 2012
Everyone Counts Inc. of San Diego recently garnered a five-year contract to provide its online ballot system to Colorado’s military and other overseas citizen voters from the state’s 64 counties.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the March 27 announcement.
Traditional vote-by-mail has historically made it difficult for overseas ballots to make it back to the state in time to be counted. Everyone Counts says its electronic ballot delivery system will make it easier for eligible voters to participate in elections while reducing impacts on administrative resources.
No matter where they are in the world, remote Colorado voters will be able to go online to access, mark and print their ballots from any Internet device, including personal computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The voting system features multiple layers of military-grade encryption and its infrastructure meets and exceeds government standards, according to the company.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who selected Everyone Counts for the statewide contract, said the company has a proven track record working with Colorado residents and county clerks to implement secure and convenient ballot access.
The system includes Everyone Counts’ Transcriber, a 2-D bar-code technology that enables a ballot to be scanned and transferred onto official ballot paper. It replaces manual ballot remaking with a system that ensures the ballot can be quickly, properly and officially counted.