DENVER, June 2015 – Dominion Voting is pleased to announce that the City and County of Denver has completed their 2015 Municipal Election cycle using Dominion’s Democracy Suite voting system with resounding success. The system deployed as a pilot for the municipal election featured the platform’s latest innovations, including the first-ever deployment of Dominion’s newest precinct-based voting terminal, the ImageCast X, a tablet-based ballot marking device.
The entire election was driven by Dominion’s fully integrated Democracy Suite software platform. The system leverages commercially available off-the-shelf hardware to deliver greater convenience, transparency, and accessibility to Denver voters – as well as sustainability and greater efficiency for Denver Elections – ultimately leading to significant cost-savings for its constituents.
Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver, said “Our partnership with Dominion Voting has allowed us to provide an enhanced and accessible experience for our voters. The majority of Denver voters used the newly designed mail ballot that was sent to them to vote. Of the voters who chose to vote in person at our Voter Service and Polling Centers, the majority used the tablet to mark their ballots due to familiarity with the interface. The accessibility features of the system also offered enhanced functionality for voters with disabilities. The new system also helps us meet our organizational goal of being the most innovative elections office in the country while being lean, efficient, transparent, and secure.”
The City and County of Denver streamlined their election processes by replacing their voting system - which required three vendors and seven different databases - with a single database to power the entire election – Democracy Suite. As a result, Denver Elections attained a 70% cost-savings in the counting room as compared to the 2011 Municipal Election. Efficiencies were realized thanks to Dominion’s ImageCast Adjudication software, which allows for real-time multi-user digital adjudication of ballots with outstack conditions, as ballots were being tabulated by ImageCast Central, Dominion’s central counting solution powered by state-of-the-art Canon scanners.
A total of over 130,000 ballots – all ballots cast in both the May and June elections – were tabulated on the ImageCast Central, with staff processing an average of 4,000 ballots an hour. Dominion’s Democracy Suite system made it possible to support all voting channels, whether mail ballots, overseas and military ballot delivery, accessible voting for residential facilities, or in person voting at Voter Service and Polling Centers.
The response from national observers was enthusiastic. On May 4th and 5th, Dominion Voting and Denver Elections hosted over 150 individual guests, representing 55 organizations and jurisdictions from across the country, to observe the municipal election and learn about the latest innovations to improve election administration, and, most importantly, the voter's experience.
John Poulos, CEO of Dominion Voting, said “Dominion is honored to have partnered with the City and County of Denver in spearheading ground-breaking and creative ways to leverage modern technologies for better elections. Our joint efforts have led to these latest innovations, which are designed to meet the current and future needs of not only the City and County of Denver, but also other jurisdictions across the United States. This collaborative approach to innovation is what defines us as a company – we are more than an elections technology vendor, we are a partner.”
Photo credit: Denver Elections Division