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Election.com Acquires Premier Online Voter Registration Technology Provider; Former Rock the Vote Activist and NewVoter.com CEO Mark Strama Joins Election.com Management Team.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2000

Election.com, Inc., the first global Internet election company, today announced the strategic acquisition of NewVoter.com, the premier provider of online voter registration technology, and the appointment of Mark Strama, co-founder and former CEO of NewVoter.com, as Vice President.

"Mark brings a unique combination of technological savvy, hands-on political experience and grassroots expertise to Election.com's senior management team," said Joe Mohen, Chief Executive Officer of Election.com. "In addition to founding two Internet companies, Mark was at the forefront of Rock the Vote's 1996 voter empowerment initiative and cut his teeth on the frontline of Texas politics. His appointment underscores Election.com's commitment to increasing participation in the democratic process throughout the country."

Between 1995 and 1997, Strama served as Director of Programs for Rock the Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the political empowerment of young Americans. While at Rock the Vote, he worked with MTV, celebrity supporters, record companies, radio stations, corporate sponsors, philanthropic foundations, new technologies, and thousands of volunteers to help register over half a million new voters in the 1996 elections.

In 1999, Strama co-founded Charitygift, Inc., a Web-based start-up that sells a unique line of greeting cards for gift givers who want to make donations to America's most venerated charities (www.charitygift.com). Previously, he served as Chief of Staff for Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. Strama began working in politics as a researcher and writer in the policy department of Ann Richards' successful 1990 Texas gubernatorial campaign. He graduated from Brown University in 1990 with degrees in philosophy and political science.

In addition, Election.com named Joe Sawin, former co-founder and President of NewVoter.com, as Director, Texas Operations. Sawin has extensive experience in the co-founding and management of other Internet and media startups, including Yclip.com Corporation. Before entering the Internet and media industry, Sawin practiced governmental affairs, corporate and intellectual property law for Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon and Jenkens & Gilchrist. Sawin graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law where he served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review.

About Election.com, Inc.

Election.com, Inc., the first global Internet election company, is committed to broadening voter participation in the democratic process. The company provides public and private election services for governments, trade associations, labor unions, school districts, credit unions and corporations. Election.com, Inc. makes the election process more secure and less expensive than ever before. The company's management team has over 25 years of experience in technology and election-related businesses and has conducted more than 600 elections. Election.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Garden City, New York.
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