Press Release: Cook County Chooses New Election Technology from VOTEC Corporation

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“VOTEC is pleased to announce a new contract for its VoteSafe e-pollbooks with one of the largest voting jurisdictions in the country,” said John Medcalf, CEO of VOTEC. “Suburban Cook County, Illinois is a leader in election modernization. With VoteSafe, we look forward to helping them enhance their best practices, further automate pre- and post-election procedures, and improve polling place operations and service to voters.” The rationale for Cook County’s Board of Commissioners approval in October is clearly stated in their below agenda:

“A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued for electronic poll book and software services (e-pollbook) via the Cook County website. VOTEC Corporation offered the best value by meeting the requirements and offering the best price. They have extensive experience with such implementations. The e-pollbook (VoteSafe™) is a software application residing on personal computing hardware, built with data from the Cook County Election Division’s voter database. The application will help ensure that, in all precincts, voters are uniformly processed by election judges, and that voters who appear at the wrong precinct can be directed to the correct polling location, thus preventing disenfranchisement. Other benefits include expediting of voter intake on election day and access to accurate, up-to-date voter history and turnout data. In addition, e-Pollbooks enable us to electronically capture data from the polling place, including data on affidavit and provisional voters, election judge timekeeping reports, statements of ballots and survey information.

“Further, the e-pollbook provides a two-way instant communication platform with our office to help the judges better administer the election. In addition to these benefits cost savings will be realized in the following areas: printing, election morning deliveries of updated lists of early/mail voters to each precinct, and personnel costs associated with manually updating voter history post-election. The total contract amount is funded in its entirety by Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and other grant funds. The Chief Procurement Officer concurs.”

This contract has been approved by the County Board of Commissioners. VOTEC is preparing all materials and software updates per Cook County Clerk Elections Department specifications for first use in April 2013.

VOTEC Corporation has a proven history of providing election solutions for counties across the country for over 30 years, with customers in 10 states serving over 15 million registered voters. VOTEC’s foundation and primary business is Voter Registration and Election Management with four established and robust software packages designed to both modernize the election process and efficiently manage the voters – VEMACSTM (VOTEC Election Management and Compliance System), VoteSafeTM electronic poll book, PollTag™ election asset tracking, and BallotSentry™ designed to serve overseas voters.