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Democracy Live Completes Funding Round - $4,500,000.00- November 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seattle, WA— 11/14/2018 — Democracy Live closed its latest round of financing, fully subscribed at $4.5 million, fittingly on Election Day, November 6, 2018. The convertible note round was originally limited to $3.5 million, but excess demand together with opportunities to deploy the capital in the 2018 election cycle led to the expansion and full funding. Joe Brotherton, Chairman and lead investor said, “The investors are individuals or entities controlled by individuals. No VC or other investment funds were included. The funding to date has been friends and family.” CEO Bryan Finney added that, “I am especially pleased that I was able to concentrate on product development and implementation for a robust customer experience, rather than fundraising. I appreciate that this is a luxury most earlier stage companies cannot provide.”

Democracy Live is the largest provider of cloud-based voting technologies in the U.S. market. The company has developed two major product suites that have been deployed in hundreds of U.S. elections.

OmniBallot is an online and tablet balloting suite for states and local governments managing voting and elections. This includes providing ballots directly to military and overseas voters in over 90 countries and accessible ballots to voters with disabilities around the U.S. With over 900 elections to date, OmniBallot is the most deployed online balloting technology in the U.S.

LiveBallot is an interactive, multimedia voter information solution for the 200 million voters in the U.S. LiveBallot was licensed by over 70 organizations in 2018 to provide an efficient way to communicate their endorsements to voters and further their political reach. LiveBallot was the first voter information app to deliver interactive, voter and candidate information through online, mobile and Amazon Echo devices.

LiveBallot allows voters to receive a personalized, interactive ballot to the device of their choosing. Voters can research options, hear from their candidates, check endorsements and mark their preferences. “It allows the voting process to start earlier and helps voters become better prepared and informed.”, said Finney. Brotherton added that the concept of the social ballot has now been proven. “LiveBallot makes it easy for an informed voter to share her or his ballot preferences with their friends and social networks. We have tested the social ballot in the last two major elections and the effect is material. People often search for the opinions of people they trust. As we now move to the Presidential election in 2020, LiveBallot will continue to help fulfill our mission of creating a more informed democracy.“

About Democracy Live
Seattle-based Democracy Live is the leading cloud-based ballot and voter information technology provider in the U.S. Serving millions of voters in hundreds of elections over the last decade, Democracy Live offers pioneering voting technologies to voters around the world. For more information, visit www.democracylive.com. @democracylive

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To arrange an interview or for photos contact:

Nan Jackson
Director of Marketing, Democracy Live
nan@democracylive.com
855-655-VOTE
@democracylive

 

One winner in ’18 was Social Voting Technology- November 12, 2018

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Seattle, WA— 11/12/2018 — Social networking is a known leading influencer in how people vote. In 2018, the early returns are showing that new technologies combining social networking and voting were big winners. Led by Seattle-based Democracy Live and their LiveBallot solution, social voting technologies were deployed by hundreds of organizations representing millions of voters. The intent of these new technologies is to “share the ballot” between voters leveraging friend-to-friend influence in deciding how to vote.

“For decades the biggest factor in how voters voted was how much money the campaigns raised”, stated Joe Brotherton, Chairman of Democracy Live. “With LiveBallot and other social voting tools, we saw a shift back to people-powered voting, instead of money-powered voting.”

“It shows the power of the social ballot. When you get a ballot from your sister, spouse, best friend or trusted colleague with their recommendations, it is a powerful data point on deciding how to vote” Brotherton added. “We also introduced the only voice driven ballot information distribution through our venture with Amazon Alexa.”

“LiveBallot was a terrific tool to help the NEA spread the word about our candidates and mobilize our voters with our preferred ballot selections,” stated Tim Reed, Senior Digital Strategist who leads the NEA Education Votes project. In 2018, LiveBallot was selected by the Sierra Club, National Education Association (NEA), California Democratic Party and dozens of other organizations, representing over 10 million voters.

About Democracy Live Seattle-based Democracy Live is the leading cloud-based ballot and voter information technology provider in the U.S. Serving millions of voters in hundreds of elections over the last decade, Democracy Live offers pioneering voting technologies to voters around the world. For more information, visit www.democracylive.com.
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To arrange an interview or for additional photos contact:

Nan Jackson
Director of Marketing, Democracy Live
nan@democracylive.com
855-655-VOTE
@democracylive

 

Democracy Live Launches Secure Voting Portal for Election Day - November 6 2018

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Seattle, WA— 11/06/2018 — Seattle-based Democracy Live has launched a secure online portal to assist voters access their ballots on Election Day. Over 20 million voters in the United States cannot vote a traditional ballot at a voting location because they are stationed in the military, living abroad, or have a disability that prevents them from marking a paper ballot. The OmniBallot system from Democracy Live is now available for eligible voters to access and mark their ballots, anywhere in the world.

“Through our collaborative efforts with both Amazon and Microsoft cloud providers, Democracy Live has developed a voting day solution to deliver a secure, fully accessible, online ballot to millions of voters who cannot vote a traditional ballot,” stated Democracy Live CEO, Bryan Finney.

According to the Census bureau and State Department, over 25 million voters either have a disability or are stationed and living abroad. “For millions of voters who cannot make it to a local voting location, OmniBallot ensures they are able to securely and easily access their ballots regardless of geography or ability,” Finney said.

According to Debbie Cook at the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies, “The Democracy Live system is a marvelous example of a universally designed ballot system. It provides a valuable resource for all voters, including those with disabilities who often lack access to this critical information.”

Depending on the location of the voter, OmniBallot is securely hosted in Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure to deliver the correct ballot and ballot information to eligible voters in the U.S. “Security, scalability and accessibility of data is critical in elections, which is why we went with these world-class hosting providers,” stated Island Pinnick, Chief Technology Officer of Democracy Live.

Given the importance of security in elections, the Department of Homeland Security labeled elections and voting a part of the nation’s critical voting infrastructure. Finney, in his role as CEO of Democracy Live, was recently nominated and selected to sit on the Homeland Security Elections Sector Executive Committee. Democracy Live was one of four firms selected for the Sector Executive Committee.

About Democracy Live Seattle-based Democracy Live is the leading cloud-based ballot and voter information technology provider in the U.S. Serving millions of voters in hundreds of elections over the last decade, Democracy Live offers pioneering voting technologies to voters around the world. For more information, visit www.democracylive.com

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Media Contact:

Nan Jackson

Director of Marketing, Democracy Live nan@democracylive.com

855-655-VOTE

@democracylive

 

Audio Ballot Comes to Alexa via LiveBallot - October 30, 2018

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Seattle, WA— 10/30/2018 — The audio ballot is coming to millions of voters via the Amazon Echo platform for the upcoming election. Seattle-based Democracy Live just launched an interactive voting skill on Amazon Alexa where voters can listen to contests and candidates appearing on their statewide ballot.

 

“Voice technology is the fastest growing method of communication and information in the U.S.  Delivering ballot and candidate information to millions of voters via Alexa is a logical step toward a more informed democracy”, stated Democracy Live CEO, Bryan Finney.

 

Through the Alexa LiveBallot app, voters can simply say “Alexa, Open Live Ballot.” The LiveBallot skill will tell voters who is appearing on their ballots, let them listen to participating candidates’ audio statements, and select the candidates they plan to vote for. LiveBallot provides all the statewide contests in 2018, but will expand to include local contests in 2020.

 

According to a report from Juniper Research, smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in a majority (55%) of U.S. households by the year 2022. By that time, over 70 million households will have at least one of these smart speakers in their home, and the total number of installed devices will top 175 million.

 

About 60% of Amazon Echo users have at least one household accessory, such as a thermostat, security system, or appliance, connected to them, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. With LiveBallot it appears the next “home accessory” for Alexa may be your ballot.

 

About Democracy Live                                                                                                                        Seattle-based Democracy Live is the leading cloud-based ballot and voter information technology provider in the U.S. Serving nearly 25 million voters in hundreds of elections over the last decade, Democracy Live offers pioneering voting technologies to voters around the world. For more information, visit www.democracylive.com

 

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Media Contact:

Nan Jackson

Director of Marketing, Democracy Live

nan@democracylive.com

855-655-VOTE

 

Accessible Voter Guide & Sample Ballot - November 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2, 2016

Contact: Brandi L. Orth
County Clerk/Registrar of Voters
PHONE 559-600-1730
FAX 559-488-3279

FRESNO, CA– Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, has announced the addition of an accessible, audio-enabled sample ballot and voter guide lookup tool for Fresno County registered voters to utilize, beginning now for the upcoming November 8, 2016 Presidential Election. Voters can simply navigate to the Fresno County website at http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/ where they will find the icon for: Accessible Voter Guide & Sample Ballot. Additionally, the site can be easily and directly accessed at: https://ca-asb.liveballot.com/Fresno. Once the voter signs in, they can view their ballot and voter guide online with the use of their special equipment at home.

Orth said, “We are so pleased to offer this new audio-enabled sample ballot and voter guide for Fresno County registered voters. The site can be accessed by any voter from any device through any web browser.” She added, “We are constantly striving for the best ways to ensure that every registered voter in Fresno County can easily access the information for their ballot and this latest technology will allow that to happen.”

Hosted on the secure Microsoft Cloud for Government, the accessible sample ballot and voter guide are multilingual, and compatible with all major screen readers, tactile switches, closed captioning and sip-and-puff systems.

Sarah Harris, a Fresno County registered voter, was one of the first to try the Accessible Voter Guide and was pleased with the results. Sarah explained, “The sample ballot for 2016 was very accessible and easy to navigate. This has made my voting experience for 2016 much easier.”

The LiveBallot technology, already utilized by the Fresno County Elections Office, provides this valuable service. In 2012, Fresno County was one of only 13 California counties to receive funding from the Department of Defense to use the LiveBallot technology to deliver electronic ballots to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAA) voters.

Orth concluded with a reminder that Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th and urged all registered voters to exercise their right to have their voice heard by casting their ballot. Please visit the Fresno County Elections office website at http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Departments.aspx?id=144 to learn more.

Democracy Live Launches LiveBallot - October 6, 2016

The First App That Delivers Personalized Ballots and Information to Over 200 Million U.S. Voters

New Voting App Allows Voting to Go Viral

SEATTLE, October 6, 2016– Democracy Live, the nation’s leading cloud-balloting technology firm, today launched its LiveBallot app and website to provide every U.S. voter with access to his/her ballot, untethering the voting experience from the polling place. With LiveBallot, voters can access and interact with their ballots ahead of Election Day to research, save and even share their ballot choices.

Democracy Live is ushering a new way to vote through the first-ever social balloting technology. Voters can get a virtual replica of their ballot and share their choices on social media, direct from their online ballot. Through LiveBallot, voters can click on any of the candidates appearing on their ballot to read, watch or discuss each candidate and mark their choices.

“LiveBallot is the only app that delivers a customized ballot to each of the 200 million voters in the U.S.,” said Bryan Finney, president and CEO of Democracy Live. “Rather than relying on yard signs and sound bites, voters can use LiveBallot to help be a more informed and impactful voter. LiveBallot has the potential to reduce disenfranchisement, by making voting more efficient and less time consuming for voters. For the first time in election history, voters will have a virtual replica of their ballots on their personal devices, computers and in their hands ahead of Election Day.”

LiveBallot is powered through Democracy Live’s proprietary national balloting database. LiveBallot is updated in real time and includes information about the candidates’ experience, endorsements and funding, as well as a voter’s state and local ballot measures and polling place information.

“We can do almost anything on our smartphones, from checking our bank statements to buying groceries. It only makes sense that we can now add providing voting information and accessing our ballots to that list of capabilities,” said Joe Brotherton, chairman of Democracy Live. “Ensuring that data-driven information is easily available to voters will enable and encourage them to vote. This is the future of voting.”

To increase voter participation, the app also alerts users of upcoming elections and ballot availability. Additionally, Democracy Live partners with organizations on both sides of the political aisle to share their endorsements with likely voters via LiveBallot. With one click, voters can mark their ballots to align with organizations they support.

LiveBallot joins Democracy Live’s existing suite of voting technologies in public elections. As a leader in the voting technology space, Democracy Live has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense, to enable Americans to vote abroad with ease since its founding in 200. The company has revolutionized voting for U.S. military members overseas, citizens living abroad and voters with disabilities. With the LiveBallot app, Democracy Live is now extending that core technology to make voting easier for every voter for every election.

LiveBallot is available for iOS in the App Store for free and at LiveBallot.com.

Democracy Live is not affiliated with any political group or interest group.

About Democracy Live

Democracy Live is a voter information and technology company dedicated to providing voters with personalized information to make knowledgeable decisions when voting. Through its LiveBallot technology, Democracy Live enables U.S. citizens, domestically or abroad, to access critical information needed to thoughtfully and actively participate in the voting process. Founded in 200 and based in Seattle, Democracy Live has been funded in part by the U.S. Department of Defense, Intel and Microsoft.

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Media Contact:

Molly Strong, Suong Nguyen & Christie Melby
Communiqué PR for Democracy Live
DemocracyLive@communiquepr.com
(206) 282-4923

Democracy Live Receives Government Certification for Online Balloting - March 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2016

SEATTLE WA- Democracy Live has received the first-in-the nation full certification for an online balloting solution by a government entity. The Florida Bureau of Voting Systems Certification has approved LiveBallot, Democracy Live’s Microsoft cloud-based balloting system, for use in the State of Florida. Thirty five counties in Florida and nearly 400 localities in the U.S. now use the LiveBallot system.

The LiveBallot system was developed by Democracy Live to help state and local elections officials provide online balloting to military, overseas and disabled voters. Working in partnership with and with funding from Microsoft, the LiveBallot system is the most deployed cloud-based balloting solution in the U.S.

“LiveBallot has been a true benefit to our overseas and military voters around the world. Those voters have been able to quickly access and mark their ballot no matter where in the world they are living or stationed abroad fighting for our country,” said Paul Lux, Okaloosa County Clerk and the leader of a Department of Defense 35-county Florida consortium of counties.

Democracy Live, based in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 2007 with the goal of simplifying the voting process for all US citizens by providing innovative and accessible balloting tools that also reduce the cost of holding elections. Democracy Live has received funding from the Microsoft and Intel to assist the nearly 200 million domestic, overseas and disabled voters in the U.S. With over 500 successful deployments to date, Democracy Live is the largest provider of web balloting in the United States.

Vote Anywhere with LiveBallot - Feb. 3, 2016

The Walton Sun Feb. 3, 2016

Vote anywhere with LiveBallot

Walton County recently went live with the first-ever Web balloting technology to help military and overseas voters around the world. This new tool called “LiveBallot” is funded from a grant from the Department of Defense. LiveBallot allows men and women overseas to get their correct ballot in a timely manner to participate in elections back home. Walton County leads the way in providing accessible balloting tools to its voters. Democracy Live is the vendor providing this technology to the County.

For more information Democracy Live, at 855-655-VOTE (8683)