SOURCE: VoteHere, a division of Dategrity

September 19, 2006 09:00 ET

New Voting Technology in Use Today Helps Washington Election Officials Streamline Ballot Accounting

Voters Can Also Track Their Ballot Status

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Today's Primary election is a first for election officials in 15 Washington counties. VoteHere's Mail-in Ballot Tracker™ (MiBT) is helping election officials keep track of nearly 1 million ballots and mailing envelopes in Washington State. After a successful 2005 pilot program in over 20 elections, the State of Washington purchased Mail-in Ballot Tracker from VoteHere for all 39 counties statewide. MiBT provides crucial accounting features for election officials to continuously reconcile their ballots and envelopes, ensuring that every ballot is accounted for.

For this first phase of the statewide roll-out, 15 counties are using MiBT in today's Washington State Primary. They include Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Klickitat, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Stevens, Thurston, and Walla Walla. VoteHere won the statewide contract in a competitive public bid last March.

"The Mail-in Ballot Tracker has significantly helped us account for every mail-in ballot in Thurston County. By automating our process, we are further assured that the sanctity of every ballot is protected," said Thurston County Auditor, Kim Wyman.

"Voters throughout Pacific County really like the fact that they can track the status of their ballot online. The Mail-in Ballot Tracker has helped ensure a higher level of confidence in the vote-by-mail process," according to Pacific County Auditor, Pat Gardner.

Voters in many Washington counties benefit from MiBT as well. In participating counties they can now log onto the county's website to track the status of their ballot, similar to the way they can track the status of a delivery package.

The idea for Mail-in Ballot Tracker was born out of the closest gubernatorial race in US history. Only 133 votes separated the two candidates, from nearly 3 million votes cast, the majority of those votes were mail-in ballots. Controversy struck when it was discovered that a small percentage of ballots could not be fully reconciled.

"Mail-in Ballot Tracker answers the issues raised in close elections by virtually assuring no mail-in ballot goes unaccounted. Importantly, the system offers a transparent tool for voters to easily check the status of their mail-in ballot," stated Bryan Finney, director of government affairs for VoteHere, a division of Dategrity Corp.

Mail-in balloting is on the rise, especially on the West Coast with Washington State voting 90% by mail, California voting 40% by mail, and Oregon voting 100% by mail. Earlier this year, the Washington State Legislature authorized counties to switch to voting exclusively by mail. This legislation encourages the use of ballot tracking audit technology to "determine if mail ballots were received and counted." Only VoteHere's Mail-in Ballot Tracker meets the intent of this law while protecting voter privacy.

About VoteHere

Founded in 1998, VoteHere, a division of Dategrity Corp., is the industry leader in election audit and verification technology. VoteHere's patented technology has been used in more than 100 elections throughout the United States and Europe, reaching nearly 13 million voters. VoteHere brings elections up to the same standards of verifiable accuracy as banking, express shipping and other types of transactions people trust every day. For more information, visit www.votehere.com.

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