Press Release Source: Election Systems & Software, Inc.


ES&S to Provide Statewide Voting System in Minnesota


Thursday November 3, 5:40 pm ET

Optical Scan System to Include ES&S' Ballot Tabulation and Marking Devices


OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer announced today that the state has selected Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), the world's largest and most experienced provider of voting technology, to make available a new optical scan voting system statewide.


Components of the new system will include ES&S' Model 100 precinct-level ballot counters and ES&S' AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminals, which enable all voters to check their ballots for errors and allow voters with disabilities to cast an optical scan ballot privately and independently. The new systems will bring the state into compliance with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. The law provides federal funding to replace outdated voting systems with new technology and to offer greater accessibility opportunities for disabled voters.


"For more than 35 years, ES&S has worked hand-in-hand with state and local election officials in Minnesota to improve our election process," Kiffmeyer said. "This history, combined with ES&S' leading-edge technology, helps our state achieve HAVA compliance."


The ES&S Model 100 ballot counter and the ES&S AutoMARK fit Minnesota's unique voting system requirements. The system represents the very latest in optical scan voting technology.


"The Help America Vote Act represents a fantastic opportunity to make the voting process more accessible and more reliable for Minnesota voters," said Aldo Tesi, President and CEO of ES&S. "We are pleased to be able to offer new voting systems that will help bring the state into compliance, and enhance the voting experience for all."


About Election Systems & Software (ES&S)


Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) is the world's largest and most experienced provider of total election management solutions. For more than three decades, ES&S -- as an election-only company and the industry leader -- has grown to support a customer base of more than 1,700 jurisdictions in the United States. Based on the primary voting tabulation system installed within the United States, ES&S customers represent approximately 42% of registered voters in the United States. In 2004, ES&S supported over 5,700 elections in the United States.



Source: Election Systems & Software, Inc.


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