New Populex Voting Machine Receives Federal Approval

Electronic/Paper-Ballot Hybrid Provides Unique Approach to Meet New Federal

Requirements



Dec 16, 2004, 00:00 ET from Populex Corporation

    CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal Election Assistance
 Commission (EAC) and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)
 have approved a new, innovative voting machine that is the first electronic
 system to meet new federal standards by combining the advantages, flexibility
 and simplicity of computer-based touch screen voting with the assurances
 provided by a tangible paper ballot.  By using the best of both approaches,
 the Populex system is designed to restore voter confidence that their votes
 will be counted accurately.
     The Populex voting system is one of the first to be certified under the
 new, more stringent 2002 federal voting system standards, which many states
 will require for state certification.  Systems used in the 2004 elections were
 certified to the 1990 standards that permit a host of problems that are still
 coming to light. Many companies are jury-rigging these older systems in an
 attempt to compensate for their shortcomings. In contrast, the Populex voting
 system was designed from the start with the new regulations, customer demands
 and people with disabilities in mind.
     "We are excited to have a voting solution that is affordable, practical
 and gives voters full confidence that their votes will be counted and, if
 necessary, re-counted correctly," said Sanford Morganstein, president of
 Populex.  "Comparing the Populex voting system to the machines used in the
 2004 election is like comparing a Lexus to an Edsel."
     Unlike most other touch screen systems that risk losing votes, the Populex
 system doesn't collect and store votes electronically in the voting computer.
     Instead, Populex prints an official ballot, equipped with a bar code that
 is scanned to reliably record and count the votes. This paper ballot is the
 official ballot that's counted on Election Day and also the audit trail needed
 for recounts. Additionally, Populex's technology helps prevent voters from
 making errors and provides several opportunities for them to verify their
 selections.
     "If the Populex voting system was used during the 2004 election in Florida
 and Ohio, the resulting conspiracy theories would not exist," said
 Morganstein.  "After voting on the Populex system, each voter can leave the
 polls with the confidence that his or her votes have been accurately recorded
 and will be accurately counted."
     Populex Corporation's advisory board includes both Democrats and
 Republicans -- including Tony Coelho, former Democratic Congressman and author
 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Frank Carlucci, former
 Secretary of Defense and Advisor to the President for National Security
 Affairs during the Reagan Administration.  This bi-partisan participation
 helps ensure that Populex focuses on protecting and increasing confidence in
 the democratic process without favoring or even being perceived as favoring
 one political party over another.
     "Counting votes accurately is neither a Democratic nor a Republican ideal,
 it's an American ideal," said Coelho.  "Frank and I are involved with Populex
 because we believe it provides the best option across the country to bring
 confidence back to our voting process."
     Carlucci added, "I have found that once people see this machine, they
 scratch their heads and wonder three things: 'What took so long?'; 'Why didn't
 I think of this?'; and 'When can I get it?'."
     Now, with federal approval, Populex will be marketing its innovative
 system to the election officials and voters who are eagerly awaiting a system
 that provides both the benefits of touch screen voting with the confidence of
 an official paper ballot.
     Sanford Morganstein, president of Populex, is the man who brought us the
 automated attendant, "press 1 for ... " phone technology, and now he's created
 the Populex voting system, which eliminates the problems associated with the
 touch screen, punch card and optical scan voting systems of the past, and
 directly addresses the ongoing controversy about the reliability, accuracy and
 security of touch screen voting systems.
 
     About Populex
     Populex Corporation provides a touch screen voting system that prints an
 official voter-verified paper ballot.  This official paper ballot can be
 privately verified by all voters, including the blind and visually impaired,
 in the language in which they voted.  It also has features which prevent
 counterfeiting or accidentally counting the same ballot more than once.  Using
 bar code technology, the ballots can be counted at high speed with
 unparalleled accuracy.  They can also be recounted both mechanically and
 manually, if necessary.  Because the Populex "Digital Paper Ballot(TM)" is the
 official record of each voter's choices, if a voting machine goes down, votes
 are not lost, providing voters with the confidence their votes will be
 counted.  In addition, both the Populex system and its Digital Paper Ballots
 are easy for election officials to handle and store.  The Populex system
 complies with the 2002 Help America Vote Act and the latest (2002) federal
 voting system standards.
 
     For more information, please visit our website:  http://www.populex.com .
 
 

SOURCE Populex Corporation
    CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal Election Assistance
 Commission (EAC) and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)
 have approved a new, innovative voting machine that is the first electronic
 system to meet new federal standards by combining the advantages, flexibility
 and simplicity of computer-based touch screen voting with the assurances
 provided by a tangible paper ballot.  By using the best of both approaches,
 the Populex system is designed to restore voter confidence that their votes
 will be counted accurately.
     The Populex voting system is one of the first to be certified under the
 new, more stringent 2002 federal voting system standards, which many states
 will require for state certification.  Systems used in the 2004 elections were
 certified to the 1990 standards that permit a host of problems that are still
 coming to light. Many companies are jury-rigging these older systems in an
 attempt to compensate for their shortcomings. In contrast, the Populex voting
 system was designed from the start with the new regulations, customer demands
 and people with disabilities in mind.
     "We are excited to have a voting solution that is affordable, practical
 and gives voters full confidence that their votes will be counted and, if
 necessary, re-counted correctly," said Sanford Morganstein, president of
 Populex.  "Comparing the Populex voting system to the machines used in the
 2004 election is like comparing a Lexus to an Edsel."
     Unlike most other touch screen systems that risk losing votes, the Populex
 system doesn't collect and store votes electronically in the voting computer.
     Instead, Populex prints an official ballot, equipped with a bar code that
 is scanned to reliably record and count the votes. This paper ballot is the
 official ballot that's counted on Election Day and also the audit trail needed
 for recounts. Additionally, Populex's technology helps prevent voters from
 making errors and provides several opportunities for them to verify their
 selections.
     "If the Populex voting system was used during the 2004 election in Florida
 and Ohio, the resulting conspiracy theories would not exist," said
 Morganstein.  "After voting on the Populex system, each voter can leave the
 polls with the confidence that his or her votes have been accurately recorded
 and will be accurately counted."
     Populex Corporation's advisory board includes both Democrats and
 Republicans -- including Tony Coelho, former Democratic Congressman and author
 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Frank Carlucci, former
 Secretary of Defense and Advisor to the President for National Security
 Affairs during the Reagan Administration.  This bi-partisan participation
 helps ensure that Populex focuses on protecting and increasing confidence in
 the democratic process without favoring or even being perceived as favoring
 one political party over another.
     "Counting votes accurately is neither a Democratic nor a Republican ideal,
 it's an American ideal," said Coelho.  "Frank and I are involved with Populex
 because we believe it provides the best option across the country to bring
 confidence back to our voting process."
     Carlucci added, "I have found that once people see this machine, they
 scratch their heads and wonder three things: 'What took so long?'; 'Why didn't
 I think of this?'; and 'When can I get it?'."
     Now, with federal approval, Populex will be marketing its innovative
 system to the election officials and voters who are eagerly awaiting a system
 that provides both the benefits of touch screen voting with the confidence of
 an official paper ballot.
     Sanford Morganstein, president of Populex, is the man who brought us the
 automated attendant, "press 1 for ... " phone technology, and now he's created
 the Populex voting system, which eliminates the problems associated with the
 touch screen, punch card and optical scan voting systems of the past, and
 directly addresses the ongoing controversy about the reliability, accuracy and
 security of touch screen voting systems.
 
     About Populex
     Populex Corporation provides a touch screen voting system that prints an
 official voter-verified paper ballot.  This official paper ballot can be
 privately verified by all voters, including the blind and visually impaired,
 in the language in which they voted.  It also has features which prevent
 counterfeiting or accidentally counting the same ballot more than once.  Using
 bar code technology, the ballots can be counted at high speed with
 unparalleled accuracy.  They can also be recounted both mechanically and
 manually, if necessary.  Because the Populex "Digital Paper Ballot(TM)" is the
 official record of each voter's choices, if a voting machine goes down, votes
 are not lost, providing voters with the confidence their votes will be
 counted.  In addition, both the Populex system and its Digital Paper Ballots
 are easy for election officials to handle and store.  The Populex system
 complies with the 2002 Help America Vote Act and the latest (2002) federal
 voting system standards.
 
     For more information, please visit our website:  http://www.populex.com .
 
 SOURCE  Populex Corporation