[guispeak] fyi: Article: ES&S AutoMARK Receives Federal Qualification for Breakthrough Ballot Marking Technology

  • From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 05:23:33 -0400

George, Please pardon the possible stray here, I'm posting this here because it is a landmark development and at least somewhat gui related?


Jonnie Apple Seed
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Business Wire Thursday, June 23, 2005

ES&S AutoMARK Receives Federal Qualification for Breakthrough Ballot Marking

Helps States and Jurisdictions Achieve HAVA Compliance for Optical Scan

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2005--Today, Election Systems and
Software (ES&S) announced that the ES&S AutoMARK, the only voting technology
allows all voters to mark an optical scan ballot privately and
independently, is now fully qualified to the latest 2002 federal standards.
States and jurisdictions
can now proceed with purchasing decisions with confidence that the federal
review is complete.

The breakthrough ES&S AutoMARK is an optical scan ballot marking system
designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are visually
or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible
to mark a ballot in the usual way. In addition, the technology provides
assistance to voters who are more comfortable speaking an alternative
language or who have reading difficulties.

In the short time since it was introduced, the ES&S AutoMARK has generated
tremendous interest because of the substantial benefits it offers to
administrators and voters, alike. To date, the ES&S AutoMARK has received
rave reviews from election directors and voters across the country, with a
of jurisdictions already indicating an intention to incorporate the
technology into their election process. As part of a pilot project sponsored
by Arizona
Secretary of State Jan Brewer in the 2004 general election, the ES&S
AutoMARK was used in three counties in Phoenix, Arizona, where it performed

"Throughout our 35 year history, ES&S has been driven by a passion for
enhancing the voting experience for all," said Aldo Tesi, President & CEO of
"I am very proud of our industry leadership in innovating voting solutions
to increase access and improve the election process. The ES&S AutoMARK
that strong tradition."

Features of the ES&S AutoMARK include:

   --  Protection for voters by eliminating over-votes; minimizing
       under-votes; and allowing for the selection of write-in

   --  The ability to use the same paper ballot for all voters in a
       way that protects privacy and provides secure recount

   --  An audio function, which allows visually impaired voters or
       those with severely impaired vision to listen to the choices
       through headphones.

   --  The ability to protect legacy systems by allowing
       jurisdictions to use existing optical scanner
       hardware/software solutions. Simply adding an ES&S AutoMARK
       device to a polling location ensures compliance with HAVA and
       eliminates the need to reinvest in a new tabulation systems.

   --  A sip/puff tube for voters who are not able to use the touch
       screen or touch pad.

   --  A zoom feature which enables the voter to increase the font
       size of each race listed on the optical scan ballot. This may
       be especially helpful for voters who are sighted but have
       vision limitations.

   --  Multiple language capability. Assuring that all citizens in a
       diverse population can exercise their privilege to vote,
       visual and audible ballots in multiple languages can be stored
       on a single machine.

The federal certification process is conducted by Independent Testing
Authorities (ITAs) over a six- to twelve-month time period, and involves
hardware, software, functional testing, and includes line by line source
code reviews. During this rigorous process, both the usability and security
of the system are tested and evaluated. Once ITA testing is complete, the
U.S. Election Assistance Commission/National Association of State Election
assigns a number to the product signaling that the system has been fully and
officially certified to be in compliance with these most stringent of
voting system standards.

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
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
Based on the primary voting tabulation system installed within the United
States, ES&S customers represent approximately 42% of registered voters in
U.S. In 2004, ES&S supported over 5,700 elections in the U.S.


Election Systems and Software
Rob Palmer, 402-938-1412
Fleishman Hillard
Ken Fields, 314-982-0556
or 314-640-2529
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