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Sequoia Voting Systems demonstrates accessible voting machine

Sequoia Voting Systems demonstrates accessible voting machine



New York, NY, September 7, 2006?
Sequoia Voting Systems will hold a public demonstration of its new Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting system, the Advantage Plus Touch Screen, which provides an all-in-one solution for voters.

The Advantage Plus Touch Screen will be displayed at the new offices of the Queens Independent Living Center (QILC), located at 25-35 Broadway, Queens, New York. The demonstration will take place from 12noon to 3PM, on Wednesday, September 20th, and the public is welcomed to attend.
All of Sequoia?s DRE equipment manufactured today, including the Advantage Plus Touch Screen, provides accessible voting opportunities for voters who are blind, visually impaired, literacy challenged or mobility impaired so that all voters, regardless of obstacles have the ability to cast a ballot privately and independently without the assistance of a poll worker.

The Advantage Plus Touch Screen, the newest DRE from Sequoia, meets Section 301 of the Help American Vote Act and New York State requirements ? including the placement of one accessible voting machine in every polling place. Now, many voters with accessibility challenges throughout New York State will be able to cast their ballots privately and independently - many for the first time - by using the Advantage Plus Touch Screen.

?The Advantage Plus Touch Screen empowers voters with accessibility challenges and allows them to vote without any assistance and in complete privacy. This system finally makes the playing field level, and now all citizens can vote in an equal manner,? remarked Jack Blaine, president of Sequoia Voting Systems.

Visually impaired, blind and literacy challenged voters use the Advantage Plus Touch Screen?s audio voting handset that assists the voter through the voting process in their chosen language, given the choices that are offered in each jurisdiction. The voter listens to spoken prompts, and then marks the ballot by pressing the appropriate key on a tethered handset.

In addition, Advantage Plus Touch Screen equipment supports sip-and-puff devices and other dual switch devices to assist voters who wish to navigate the ballot using tactile input switches, buddy buttons, neck loops and other assistive devices. With roots in New York since 1892, Sequoia has consistently provided superior and proven voting machines and election services, and currently maintains unparalleled in-state facilities, which generate hundreds of jobs for New Yorkers. Sequoia manufactures the majority of its equipment right here in New York, at Jaco Electronics in Hauppauge and Harvard Custom Manufacturing in Owego. Sequoia also maintains a major company facility in Jamestown.

With a 20-year track record, DRE systems are a proven technology for secure, reliable, and accurate elections. In fact, jurisdictions throughout the state of Nevada used Sequoia?s DRE system with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail in the 2004 presidential election ? yielding the most accurate and reliable results of any voting technology surveyed. In a 2005 study by David Kimball at the University of Missouri (Summary Tables on Voting Technology and Residual Vote Rates), Sequoia voting technology had the lowest residual vote rate compared with all competing electronic voting systems examined. The residual vote rate of 0.3% in 17 counties in Nevada was significantly lower than the 0.9% nationwide residual vote rate for all touch screen DREs based on the
333 county study conducted during 2004 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.

Contact Information:
Michelle M. Shafer
VP, Communications & External Affairs
mshafer@sequoiavote.com