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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)