SimpleNet Hosts Mock Election

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October 29, 2004 — Web hosting and data center services provider SimpleNet (simplenet.com) and Internet voting system provider Everyone Counts, announced on Wednesday that they had formed agreement to provide the infrastructure for October 28’s US National Student/Parent Mock Election The event was scheduled for October 28, and expected participation from as many as 5 million students, teachers and parents. Many of them were expected to vote via the Internet, as opposed to a traditional paper ballot. Over 10 million students, parents and teachers participated in the mock election for the last two presidential election years alone, said SimpleNet, including participants from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and 14 other countries and territories worldwide.According to the companies, this year’s mock election would use a high-volume version of the E1C election system, which functions similarly to a traditional polling station with voting monitored by coordinators at student voting sites. E1C says it has provided successful elections for the United Kingdom Labor Party’s National Executive Committee, Cornell University Student Elections, and the Eastern Washington State Student Elections. The E1C System will be hosted in SimpleNet’s Revolutionary Data Center.”The US Government has been authorized by the Help America Vote Act to spent $3.9 billion in the states to upgrade voting equipment,” says E1C CEO Lori Steele. “Some of the states have invested in a touch screen system that is extremely expensive, immediately depreciates, and doesn’t have a software system that can be publicly examined. E1C provides a more robust and reliable system for less than a quarter of the price.”

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