SOURCE: Avante International Technology, inc.

May 02, 2006 16:11 ET

AVANTE "Full-Face" Touch-Screen Voting System With Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail Is Now NASED and Federally Certified to 2002 Standards

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- Voters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut using lever voting systems are accustomed to casting their votes using a full-face presentation of ballots. These states have been looking for a voting system with true Help America Vote Act (HAVA) compliance that is usually possible only with electronic touch-screen voting systems. AVANTE International Technology, Inc. is proud to announce the completion of testing and receipt of federal Election Assistance Commission Certification (EAC) NASED number N-1-12-22-22-003 for the first touch-screen voting system providing a full-face presentation of all contests on a single screen.

AVANTE VOTE-TRAKKER™ EVC 308-FF allows the use of multiple non-English languages right on the voting screen and not through the use of multiple overlays. It also provides the voter the ability to enlarge the 6.5 mm height font size and change the ballot to "reverse tone" or black and white. Standard features such as adjustable volume and speed during voice assistance and the ability to enter and change write-in at will are options that make the system fully HAVA compliant and easy to use by voters with impaired vision.

This full-face touch-screen voting system includes a "cut-and-drop" rather than "sequential continuous roll" voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT). The paper trail allows the voter to confirm his vote prior to casting his ballot and will later be used for recount, if necessary. AVANTE has used its VOTE-TRAKKER™ system with the voter verifiable paper audit trail in five elections since its introduction in 2001 with outstanding success.

Along with HAVA accessibility and security afforded by VVPAT, touch-screen VOTE-TRAKKER™ extends lower costs-of-ownership. Touch-screen ballot presentations remove the need for expensive touch-pad overlays that are difficult in accommodating last minute ballot changes. The system can be programmed for any election in a few hours by election staff of the jurisdiction.

ABOUT AVANTE

Located in Princeton, NJ (www.vote-trakker.com and www.avantetech.com), AVANTE pioneered voter verified paper audit trail voting (US patent 7,036,770), the use of automatic ballot marking voting systems, and pixel-based optical tabulation technology (AVANTE Patent US 6,892,944 and allowed pending patent 10/410,824) to enhance voter confidence and for accurately tabulating ballots for elections.

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