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Marina del Rey, CA and Garden City, NY, September 21, 2000 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the technical coordination body for the Internet, and election.com, a leading global Internet election company, announced today that election.comwill conduct ICANN's first worldwide online vote. ICANN's At-Large Members will choose five Directors for the ICANN Board in one of the world's largest all-Internet votes to date.
Since this is ICANN's first online vote, we needed a company that could provide assurance of reliable security for the balloting as well as experience in working with a diverse, global online membership," said Esther Dyson, Chairman of the ICANN Board. "Among the several voting system proposals we considered, we were impressed by election.com'strack record and international experience, and its commitment to security. In addition, election.comwas willing to work with us on a process unprecedented in its geographic breadth. Overall, election.comwas simply the best match for ICANN's needs."
ICANN's At-Large Membership program is intended to allow Internet users from all over the globe to have a voice in ICANN's technical policymaking structure for the Internet's domain name and numbering systems.
Through a worldwide online vote, ICANN's At Large Members will choose five Directors for the ICANN Board, one from each of the five geographic regions (Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America). More than 76,000 Internet users around the world have become At-Large members of ICANN, and are eligible to vote over a 10-day voting period from October 1-10, 2000.
"As the premier global Internet elections company, election.comis proud to be working with ICANN-- the technical coordination body for the Internet with members around the world," said Mel Schrieberg, President and COO, election.com. "election.comhas a long list of satisfied customers, from the Arizona Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee to the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union. We look forward to working with ICANN to make their first online vote an unquestionable success."
As part of the ICANN At Large Membership process, election.comwill provide a secure login system and a voting response and tabulation system. The voting system will be available to members in multiple languages, and voters will be able to use the system on a 24-hour basis to accommodate busy schedules and different time zones.
election.comhas conducted several global elections for clients with members located around the world, including the Sierra Club and the United Nations Federal Credit Union. election.comis currently conducting elections for the IEEE Computer Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Institute of Food Technologists and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. In addition, the company recently secured contracts to conduct elections for the American Society for Microbiology and the State Bar of Georgia.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a technical coordination body for the Internet. Created in October 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, academic and user communities, ICANN is assuming responsibility for a set of technical functions previously performed under the US government contract by IANA and other groups. As a non-profit, private-sector corporation, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy through private-sector, bottom-up, consensus-based means.
For information on ICANN At Large membership process, including the nominees, schedule, rules, and the online Question & Answer Forum, see http://members.icann.org
election.comInc., the leading global Internet election company, provides public- and private-sector election services for governments, associations, nonprofit organizations, labor unions, school districts, credit unions, pension funds and corporations around the world. Committed to broadening voter participation in the democratic process, election.comalso provides online voter registration services that enable U.S. citizens, whether they live in the country or abroad, to request an absentee ballot and register to vote online. Named one of the top 50 privately held companies by Red Herring magazine, election.comis headquartered in Garden City, N.Y., and has offices in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; London; Paris; Sydney, Australia; and Christchurch, New Zealand.