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E-voting equipment a success in Chicago and Cook County Municipal Elections

Chicago, IL - March 2, 2007 - Electronic voting proved to be a success during Tuesday's primary municipal elections in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.

Chicago and Cook County used Sequoia's EDGE2plus touchscreen voting unit with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) technology, the Optech Insight Plus precinct-based optical scanner and a customized Hybrid Activator, Accumulator & Transmitter (HAAT) that allowed precincts with wireless coverage to transmit unofficial election results directly to Election Central using cellular technology.

Polls closed at 7:00 p.m. in both jurisdictions. By 8:40 p.m., 75 percent of Chicago's unofficial election results were successfully transmitted, tabulated and reported using Sequoia equipment. By 11:20 p.m., 94 percent of the City's precincts were complete.

In Cook County, unofficial election results for 99.5 percent of total precincts were transmitted, tabulated and reported by 9:40 p.m. Final unofficial election results from all City and County precincts were received by the end of the evening.

"Tuesday's elections were a great success for both Chicago and Cook County", said Jack Blaine, president, Sequoia Voting Systems. "Election results were accurate, secure and delivered within hours of the polls closing. You can't get much better than that".

Sequoia Voting Systems deployed more than 7,800 pieces of equipment throughout the City of Chicago's 2605 precincts and more than 799 machines throughout Cook County's 190 precincts.

More than 50 Sequoia team members provided on-site support to the two jurisdictions throughout Election Day.

"Our clients had very high expectations and I'm proud to say that we either achieved or exceeded them", said Blaine. "While we significantly increased the speed in reporting from the last two elections we have conducted in these jurisdictions, we also maintained the high levels of accuracy and accessibility that are crucial to successful elections".

Over the past year, Sequoia Voting Systems has worked with the City and the County to improve election systems and procedures, to provide voters with the best possible voting experience. The numerous improvements have created more user-friendly machines for both voters and election judges, and allowed for quicker reporting of unofficial election results.

Sequoia Voting Systems is a leading provider in election equipment and software used by local and regional governments for the administration of secure, accessible and accurate elections.


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About Smartmatic

Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.


Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.


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About Sequoia Voting Systems

Sequoia Voting Systems is an American company, based in Oakland, California with a 100-year history of providing accurate, reliable, state-of-the-art voting solutions dating back to the nation's first lever-based mechanical voting equipment in the 1890s. Sequoia provides election technology, services and support to state and local government including precinct-based optical scan ballot readers, high-speed central count optical scan ballot readers, ballot layout and printing services, and full-face and paginating electronic voting equipment with optional printers that produce voter verifiable paper records. The company has hundreds of customers throughout 16 states and the District of Columbia.