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London — 18 June 2007 —

The E-voting partnership led by Election Systems & Software (ES&S) and supported by Intelivote Systems and Scytl today announces the details of the two successful pilots it supported in the May local elections – at South Bucks District and Rushmoor Borough Councils. Both pilots had a high rate of voter uptake of the new services and positive feedback from their electorate concerning the new systems trialled.

Voters from the authorities of Rushmoor and South Bucks cast binding votes remotely over the internet in a completely secure, private and auditable manner during the local elections that concluded on May 3, 2007. Telephone voting and electronic counting of traditional paper ballots were also trialled in South Bucks. The projects were managed by ES&S, the world’s largest provider of election systems and software, in coordination with Intelivote, providers of the Internet/telephone voting system, and Scytl, world-leading e-voting security experts.

South Bucks, which trialled internet and telephone voting and e-counting, had 5,021 people registered to e-vote, equivalent to 11.5% of the electorate. By close of voting on Election Day, 1,902 people cast their votes online and 586 by telephone. E-votes made up 16.34% of the overall vote, suggesting that e-voter turnout compares well against turnout of those who chose to vote by traditional methods. Turnout increased in all but one of the Council’s 14 District wards that were contested, and in all but one of the 14 Parish/Parish ward elections.

Kully Tumber, Democratic Services Officer (Elections) for South Bucks commented: “Our voters found the option of internet voting very convenient. With a large base of our residents commuting into London and elsewhere to work, it is not always straightforward for them to make it to the polling station in time. The simplicity of the internet voting system gave the electorate a good alternative way to cast their votes, and many embraced it with enthusiasm.”

Rushmoor, which trialled Internet voting, saw 6,686 people registered to vote over the Internet, with over 57% going on to cast their votes on the web – comprising 18% of the overall vote. Interestingly, 59% of voters who used the Internet voting system to register or cast their vote were over 40 years old, the remainder being 18-39, suggesting that Internet voting is not solely the province of youth – 17.5% were over 60.

Andrew Colver, Head of Democratic Services for Rushmoor commented: “We have a large number of commuters and service personnel in our borough, and have had extremely positive feedback on the convenience the internet voting systems lent to the process, both at home and abroad. Rushmoor has seen strong demand for internet voting – when we piloted early voting methods last year, many voters requested we re-introduce internet voting, which we had trialled several years before. We feel this last pilot was a success and has established the principle of internet voting for many electors of Rushmoor: we hope that we can be involved in future schemes.”

Rushmoor conducted research on the sample that used the internet voting system with some interesting findings: of 1104 respondents:

• 12% do not normally vote in council elections
• 96% found it simple to register
• 92% found it simple to vote
• 20% said they have had difficulty reaching the voting station
• An additional 9% were not resident on the polling day
• 97% would use the system again

Mike Summers, Local Authority Elections expert for ES&S Europe commented on behalf of the partnership: “We were very privileged to be involved in the pilots this year: the UK democratic system has a great heritage and we’re proud to be involved in offering methods of voting which fit in with the modern lifestyles of voters today. The results from South Bucks and Rushmoor are very encouraging indeed, demonstrating a real demand for a choice in the way the British public engage in the elections process. We look forward to the Electoral Commission’s assessment in August, and to future involvement in e-enabled elections around the UK.”

About

Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) is the world's largest and most experienced provider of total election management solutions with over 100,000 systems installed worldwide. Over the past decade, ES&S has handled more than 40,000 elections. Throughout our more than 35 years as an elections-only company, ES&S has taken one of the world's oldest traditions — casting a vote — and transformed it into a 21st Century high tech process. ES&S develops and delivers hardware, software, and service solutions to support all phases of the election process for local and national election authorities worldwide. ES&S partners with more than 2,500 jurisdictions throughout the world to carry out the election process, with experience in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the U.S. Territories.

Intelivote Systems Inc. is a premier Canadian-based electronic voting system company that provides the voter with a dynamic choice of voting options. Intelivote seamlessly integrates traditional polling station voting with an electronic voting solution which includes telephone, wireless and Internet voting. This comprehensive system also addresses the data collection and reporting requirements for corporate surveys, opinion polls, and other activities that require mass participation.

Scytl Secure Electronic Voting is a software company specializing in the development of secure electronic voting solutions. These solutions incorporate unique cryptographic protocols that enable to carry out all types of electronic voting processes and elections in a completely secure and auditable manner. Scytl’s advanced e-voting security technology positions the company as a leader in the e-voting industry.

ENDS

For further details, please contact :

Brands2Life
Gareth Thomas / Armand David
Brands2Life
es&s@brands2life.com
020 7592 1200

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