Governments traditionally utilized an open-source network—the U.S. Postal Service—to supplement in-person voting with alternative vote-by-mail options. With eVOTZ, any organization is able to embrace the mobile Internet to transform voting and polling processes.
eVOTZ is implementing its mobile authentication and verification service(s) to cast votes on smartphones or tablet devices from pre-approved physical locations for municipal governments and voting organizations.
The patent-pending eVOTZ system and method is recognized with multiple international awards as the next-generation government voter registration, voting and SMS polling solution for verifiable and authenticated results in any election or polling event. The solution provides an alternative to traditional paper-based balloting by creating a Secure Mobile Voting and Polling platform.
eVOTZ addresses issues confronting governmental elections at all levels of organizational voting as a new mobile option delivering significant benefits to current processes, including:
- Increasing voter participation in any election by offering the convenience of a secure and "virtual polling location"
- Enhancing accessibility for disabled, handicapped and elderly voters
- Reducing costs of printing, distributing and handling paper or absentee ballots
- Eliminating the fraud associated with absentee ballots
- Increasing transparency in the voting process
- Transitioning the investment in traditional voting machines to technology-based solutions employing readily available mobile smartphones and tablet devices.
The eVOTZ mobile service delivery platform represents a dynamic and innovative solution for government and organizational voting processes. Everything from general elections to the Census Bureau activities can be managed cost effectively, securely and conveniently. Today, the big focus is on sustainability.
Legislative reforms brought on by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) along with advances in information technology have led to marked changes over the past 10 years in the way elections are administered in the United States, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Ten years ago, early voting and postal mail election voting procedures were rare. Absentee ballot tracking and vote centers were unheard of. And live webcasts of the vote tabulation process weren't available. Today, these things have become the norm.
Some of the biggest innovations thus far have taken place on the desktop PC over the web, where voters in a majority of states can verify registration, get directions to polling places and download a sample ballot from their elections office. Several states also offer online voter registration, reducing administrative costs while producing more accurate lists.
eVOTZ believes the next level of secure and verifiable voting innovation can be enabled by technology advances associated with network carrier conected mobile devices.
eVOTZ proposes and advocates a number of systemic electoral reforms that reverse the contextual reasons for increasingly low turnout in governmental elections. These are being researched and tested in organizational environments for student university elections, union voting, building and community associations as a catalyst to expansion into official government elections where eVOTZ could represent the reliable mobile connected device alternative solution to complement existing paper based voting methods.
eVOTZ can electronically collect and report the ENUM (Electronic NUMbering)—a protocol from the IETF for converting a telephone number to an IP address. This allows the number to be resolved by the Internet's DNS system like traditional domains to electronically report registration details as a second automated authentication and password step, combined with location data reported through the API solution. Previous drawbacks with Internet and mobile phone voting methods are being solved with eVOTZ and its secure voting platform.
eVOTZ is accessible as a free downloadable application on a mobile phone (via iPhone, Android or Blackberry app stores). Soon, HTML5 applications will eliminate download requirements. For example, the eVOTZ platform will be able to work exactly like their mobile app counterparts, delivering the voting or polling experience in HTML5 via geo-fencing location and permissions. This open alternative represents the positive characteristics of apps and app stores integrated with the freedom of the Web for voting and polling.