|hursday November 30, 8:18 am Eastern Time|
Global's Election Technology Successful In U.S. And
VANCOUVER, B.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2000--Global Election Systems Inc. (GSM:TSE.) announced today that
over 14,500 of its AccuVote optical scan and touch screen systems were successfully used by 854 voting jurisdictions in 35
states and the Province of Ontario during the November elections, which included the razor-thin U.S. Presidential election.
During the recent US Presidential election, Global's newly acquired VoteRemote absentee ballot processing system counted
over 1,000,000 ballots in California and Washington.
Bob Urosevich, President and Chief Operating Officer, said that management is very pleased with the overwhelming success
demonstrated by Global's products in what turned out to be the most hotly contested election in America's history.
Obviously, the closeness of the U.S. Presidential election has focused the world's attention on the electoral process,
Urosevich added. The residual effect of that attention has created awareness for the need to replace outdated technology. We
are encouraged with the acceleration of electoral decision-makers for potential new business opportunities arising from this
In the weeks since the November 7th election, Global has fielded several hundred calls from the media, political operatives
and financial professionals.
Most of the inquiries relate to Global's current voting system technologies, said Larry Ensminger, Vice President of
Corporate Development. There is now an enormous interest in existing voting systems that have features and functions that
address over-vote protection and precinct-based processing as opposed to central count processing. Global's products have a
solid track record of easily addressing both of these critical issues.
Touch screen technology has drawn considerable attention from a large number of interested parties. History was made in
California's Los Angeles County as voters cast ballots on Global's AccuVote-TS (touch screen) system in their choice of
seven different languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese for the first time.
The choice of multiple languages was also combined with unassisted voting for the visually impaired.
The positive response to the ease of use of the AccuVote-TS and the quick tabulation time demonstrated could result in new
opportunities for touch screen technology in California as well as other parts of the country.
Global is an industry leader in the election equipment marketplace with over 850 jurisdictions in North America utilizing its
AccuVote (optical scan) and AccuVote-TS (touch screen) voting systems. Its product line also includes VoteRemote, a high
speed automated absentee ballot printing and processing system and the CMIS voter registration system. Global's recent
acquisitions and strategic alliance with Indra, SSI of Madrid Spain, a worldwide systems integrator has enabled the Company
to participate international bids involving nationwide voting system projects.
Global Election Systems Inc.'s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ``GSM''.
Clinton H. Rickards, Director
Global Election Systems Inc.
Cathy Hume or Olav Svela, Investor Relations
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