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[2] Arizona Democratic Party Selects to Hold World's First Legally-Binding Public Election Over the Internet.

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 16, 1999--

Arizona Democratic Party and to Digitally Sign

Contract for March 11 Presidential Primary Utilizing VeriSign's

Digital Certificates

The Arizona Democratic Party and digitally signed a contract today to hold the first-ever, legally-binding public election over the Internet for the March 11, 2000 Democratic Primary.

"Online voting will revolutionize the election process," said Joe Mohen, Chief Executive Officer, " is excited to partner with the Arizona Democratic Party to make it easier than ever before for voters to make a difference. Today's announcement represents an historical moment in the effort to broaden voter participation in the democratic process."'s partnership with VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN), the leading provider of Internet trust services, makes the election process more secure and accountable than ever before. VeriSign's state-of-the-art digital certificate services are the most advanced in the world, and VeriSign is the overwhelming market leader. Digital certificates are electronic credentials used to authenticate individuals and businesses over the Internet and also enable legally-valid digital signatures. Today's contract signing ceremony between and the Arizona Democratic Party was executed using VeriSign's digital certificates.

"We're pleased to work with to deliver the infrastructure necessary to conduct trusted and secure online elections," said Anil Pereira, Vice President of VeriSign's Internet Services Group. "By leveraging the power of the Internet to interact with citizens, governments and political parties stand to enhance service delivery, reduce costs and increase voter participation."

In a election, each voter is assigned a personalized digital certificate that is only accessible through the voter's computer. This certificate contains information that uniquely identifies the voter and is equivalent to a passport or a driver's license. As a result,'s election services are more secure than the traditional paper ballot and polling machine elections.

"This is a giant step for all Arizonans. We are opening the democratic process not only to the young and the technologically advanced, but to everyone. Democrats favor greater participation in our elections and by embracing 21st century technologies, we can assure that more people will cast a ballot on March 11. This is a ground-breaking event for people across Arizona and across America," said Mark Fleisher, Chairman, Arizona Democratic Party. has held numerous legally-binding elections. Clients range from associations, non-profit organizations, credit unions, pension funds, unions and Fortune 500 companies. Clients include: the Sierra Club, Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, The IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the California Bar.

"The Arizona Democratic Party's partnership with to hold the first public legally-binding election using the Internet is a watershed event for the future of digital democracy worldwide," said Dr. Bruce Egan, Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University, author of the term "Information Superhighway" and Board Member. "Public elections over the Internet give Americans the opportunity to participate in the democratic process from anywhere in the world."

"Votation.Com is setting the standard for legally-binding public Internet voting worldwide," said Dr. Garret Fitzgerald, Former Prime Minister of Ireland and Board Member. "Online voting has the capacity to revolutionize the elections process and significantly improve voter turnout around the world.", 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. 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. is a privately held company headquartered in Garden City, New York.

The digital contract signing will be broadcast live on the Internet ( with real-time audio feedback.
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