New System Will Help Put Pennsylvania at Forefront of Election Reform Movement
HARRISBURG, Pa; July 26, 2002 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a five-year, multi-million-dollar contract by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of State to build and deploy a centralized voter registration and election management system using election.com’s Election Systems Manager™ software.
The system, designed to help election officials in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties maintain accurate and reliable voter registration records, will be known as the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors system, or SURE.
By enabling counties to identify and eliminate duplicate registrations, SURE will serve as a uniform statewide platform for consolidating the voter registration data currently maintained separately by each of the state’s counties. In addition, SURE will interface with Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation and Department of Health to electronically transfer motor voter applications and death records directly to county election offices.
“Development of the SURE system is a significant step toward making Pennsylvania a national leader in election-records reform,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Michael Weaver. “With this system, county election officials will have access to a much-needed tool that can help them maintain reliable lists of legally registered voters, which is a priority for Pennsylvania for future elections.”
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has allocated $8.5 million to cover initial system development costs for SURE, with another $2 million per year for ongoing development and maintenance to be allocated on an annual basis. SURE is scheduled for statewide roll-out during the second half of 2003.
The election.com Election Systems Manager (ESM) solution provides an integrated voter registration and election management system that streamlines the election administration process—from voter registration and database management to redistricting and early and absentee voting. By automating and standardizing election office operations, ESM helps maximize productivity, increase efficiency and standardize election workflow. election.com ’s ESM software is already being used statewide in Minnesota and Arkansas.
“Every national study on election reform published in the wake of the 2000 presidential election recognizes that the voter registration database is an important aspect of election integrity,” said Mark Strama, Senior Vice President, election.com . “election.com is proud to work in Pennsylvania, in cooperation with Accenture, to help enhance the integrity of the state’s election system with the installation of Election Systems Manager.”
Accenture and election.com forged a long-term alliance in 2001 to deliver comprehensive voter registration and election management solutions to meet the varying needs of state governments. The alliance combines Accenture’s technical resources and execution capabilities with election.com ’s voter registration and election management software and specialized election expertise.
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election.com , a global election software and services provider, provides election solutions for public and private sector entities around the world. election.com delivers voter registration and election management systems that streamline every facet of the election process. With its world-class team of election experts and customer-focused approach, election.com is uniquely positioned to help its clients meet the changing needs of elections and the voting public. election.com has offices in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.