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Idaho: Ysursa Enters into Contract with ES&S for AutoMARKS PDF Print Email
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By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy, VoteTrustUSA   
November 28, 2005
According to a statement released today, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has entered into a $6 million contract with Election Systems and Software (ES&S) to purchase 932 AutoMARK voting devices in order to meet the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirement to provide at least one accessible voting device in each polling place by 2006.

"Many people with disabilities, particularly visually impaired voters, have not been able to experience the same privacy and independence the other voters take for granted," said Secretary of State Ysursa. 'This is a better way to provide for the inclusion of voters with disabilities in our state."

"AutoMARK allows voters with disabilities to mark their ballots without relying on someone else to help them, if they choose. Of course election judges will still be available to help people who want thir assistance. As Idaho's chief Election Official, I am pleased to announce this enhancement to improve accessibility to our election process", Ysursa stated.

Funding for initial purchase of the AutoMARKs will come from federal funds made available by the Help America Vote Act for voting system upgrades. A report from KTVB.com in Boise noted that, the terms of the contract state that beginning in 2009, Idaho's 44 counties will be responsible for for the machines' maintenance and software. Local officlas told KTVB that this could add more than $330,000 to annual local costs.
Idaho Selects AutoMark - Also certifies Edge PDF Print Email
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By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy, VoteTrustUSA   
July 01, 2005
On May 31, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced a contract with ES&S to supply Automark ballot marking devices for each of the state’s polling places. In a press release, Ysursa was quoted, “The federal government's Help America Vote Act is bringing new voting  machines to all of Idaho's nearly 1,000 polling places. Idaho plans to install 900 of the new voting machines in time for the 2006 elections. They are geared to help disabled citizens take part in the election process. The machines are designed to help people with disabilities vote. They allow users to mark a ballot by blowing through a straw, using braille or other  methods.”

In June, Ysursa announced the certification of two voting systems for  use in Idaho. The systems certified were the ES&S AutoMark and Sequoia AVC Edge DRE. The state of Idaho held certification hearings to evaluate their accuracy as well as accessibility for persons with disabilities, particularly the visually impaired voter.

Both voting machines meet HAVA accessibility requirements and Idaho state law which requires a voter verifiable paper audit trail. Counties will have the choice of selecting which device they will use in their jurisdictions. The state will pay for the accessible device with a one time grant funded by the federal government through the Help America Vote Act.

Counties will have the choice of selecting which device they will use in their jurisdictions. The  state will pay for the accessible device with a one time grant funded by the federal government through the Help America Vote Act. “These certifications are an important step in meeting the mandates of HAVA, while retaining Idaho’s fair, efficient and transparent voting process.” Ysursa stated.
Idaho: Covansys Contracts with Aradyme on Voter Registration PDF Print Email
Idaho
By Press Release   
November 18, 2004

The following statement was released today by Aradyme Corporation.

Aradyme's data migration services to be used to consolidate State's 44 disparate county voter registration databases into a single system.


Aradyme Corporation (OTCBB: ADYE), a next generation database company, today announced its first work order with Covansys (Nasdaq: CVNS) to provide data services for the State of Idaho under the master agreement announced by the parties on November 17, 2004.

Covansys has been selected by the State of Idaho as the primary contractor for integration services for a voter registration and election management solution. As the named subcontractor in this effort, Aradyme will provide the data migration services needed to consolidate the State's 44 disparate county voter registration databases into a single statewide system. These data migration services are made possible because of the flexibility of Aradyme's underlying next-generation database technology.


"Covansys is always looking for a competitive edge. Aradyme solves the challenges inherent in a many-to-one data migration environment, which enables us to efficiently and effectively deliver HAVA-compliant voter registration solutions," stated John Bastin, vice president elections practice at Covansys. "We believe Aradyme will play an important role in many of our future e-Government contracts."


"Aradyme is committed to becoming a highly regarded solutions provider in the e-Government market. Partnering with Covansys will accelerate our growth in this space while giving Covansys a competitive edge," said Don Hutchings, vice president of sales at Aradyme Corporation. "We look forward to a long and exciting relationship with Covansys that will extend far beyond the State of Idaho."

The value of the contract was not disclosed for competitive reasons. However, Covansys and Aradyme's working relationship with the State of Idaho is expected to continue through the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2005.

Idaho: State Signs Vote Database Contract with Covansys PDF Print Email
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By Press Release   
January 26, 2004

The following statement was released today by the Idaho Secretary of State.

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today announced that Covansys Corporation and PCC Technology Group have been selected to provide the State of Idaho and the Counties with a centralized statewide voter registration system required under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

Covansys Corporation, a global consulting and technology company, will be responsible for the implementation of a statewide system similar to those currently being used in the states of Connecticut and West Virginia. The system will still require voters to register with the county clerk who will then enter the data into the database maintained by the Secretary of State. The total cost of the system is $3.4 million and will take about eighteen months to implement. Funding for this system is provided by federal funds already distributed to the Secretary of State's office.


An evaluation team made up of representatives from the Office of the Secretary of State, county clerks and local election officials reviewed the proposals and made the selection based upon technical specifications, vendor specifications, product demonstrations and price. Proposals were submitted by Covansys Corporation, Diebold Election Systems, Election Systems and Software, NTS Data Servics and Sequoia Voting Systems.


"This is an important step in implementing the provision of HAVA," Ysursa stated. "I greatly appreciate the diligence of the evaluation team and the time and effort of all the vendors. I look forward to working with Covansys in the years ahead to improve Idaho’s registration system."

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