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GARDEN CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 27, 2000 to Work with Top Talent from Election

Services and Software Businesses in Canberra and

Brisbane, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand, the first global Internet elections company, today announced the launch of its Asia-Pacific operations with the establishment of Australia and New Zealand offices and the addition of top local talent from Know1 in Canberra, Australia, Ballot & Election Solutions in Queensland, Australia, and Accent Computer Services Ltd in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Establishing operations in the Asia-Pacific region has been a critical component of our global business plans from the start, and the Investment 2000 campaign gave us even more reasons to make this marketplace a top priority," said Charles Smith, Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, "Australia and New Zealand are an ideal base for to introduce the benefits of Internet voting to the Asia-Pacific and to grow its customer base in this important region."

Know1 is a Canberra-based business that specializes in the use of technology to aid decisions and knowledge management. Its three main services are electronic: meetings, surveys, and directories - each operating over both intranets and the Internet. Know1 is well-known for using leading-edge technology to help organizations gain consensus and increase efficiency. The business delivers results and reports instantaneously and is credited with the development of the world's lightest and smallest portable computerized meeting room. Know1's extensive list of clients includes all levels of government, public, private, association and non-profit organizations, including the ACT Government, the Commonwealth Department of Defence and Telstra.

The Managing Director of Know1, Ian Coombe, will join as the Technical Director, Australia. Before establishing Know1, Mr. Coombe had a distinguished career in the Australian military with over 20 years of experience in information management and software application.

" is committed to making elections around the world more inclusive, cost-effective and efficient than ever before," said Bill Taylor, Senior Vice President, Election Services, " is excited to work with some of the best talent in Australia and New Zealand to bring Internet voting to these countries as quickly as possible and to offer comprehensive election services to clients in the Asia-Pacific."

Ballot & Election Solutions, based in Brisbane, Australia, is a professional consultancy service specializing in the arrangement and conduct of ballots and elections for associations and clubs, corporations, employer groups, government departments and instrumentalities, societies and unions. Most notably, Ballot & Election Solutions has conducted Certified Agreement Ballots for Suncorp Metway and First Australian Building Society, and the consultancy recently completed the first Queensland Local Authority Election outsourced to a private business.

The principal of Ballot & Election Solutions, Richard Kidd, will join as the Director of Operations, Queensland. Mr. Kidd has more than 28 years of experience in ballot/election management, including Federal Parliamentary and industrial elections and Certified Agreement Ballots for private and public sector clients.

"Ian Coombe and Richard Kidd bring impressive election services and software expertise to that will not only impact our operations in Australia, but will also contribute to our growth and development in the Asia-Pacific and beyond," said Frank Nesci, newly appointed Managing Director, Australia, " is the only online election company that helps voters around the world make the transition from paper ballots to the Internet. With the addition of top local talent, stands ready to help Australia make that transition today."

Mr. Nesci will manage the operations in Australia from the office in Sydney. Mr. Nesci has extensive business management experience in Australia and Asia including involvement in start-ups for a Dutch and U.S. firm in Singapore. He will be responsible for business development in Australia for MinterEllison, a prominent law firm in Sydney, has been named as the solicitors for

Accent Computer Services Ltd (ACS), based in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a software development company specializing in the development of customized and packaged software solutions for local government. As part of its software solutions, ACS offers an elections module which covers all facets of an election from electoral roll preparation to mail out, scrutiny, counting, tabulation and official results. In addition, ACS conducts mock elections as part of its extensive training courses for election officials throughout New Zealand. Approximately 20 local governments used ACS software in their last round of elections, including Hamilton City Council, Northshore City Council and Waitakere City Council. In total, over 708,000 electors were processed by ACS software.

Steve Kilpatrick and Noel Thomas are the directors and owners of ACS. Mr. Kilpatrick will join as Managing Director, New Zealand, and Noel Thomas will become Technical Director, New Zealand. Both Mr. Kilpatrick and Mr. Thomas have over 20 years experience in the software development industry.

" has been on our radar screen ever since they conducted the first legally-binding public election over the Internet for the Arizona Democratic Presidential Primary in the U.S. earlier this year," said Mr. Kilpatrick. "We're excited to be joining forces with such a dynamic, globally-focused company. is clearly committed to taking advantage of the latest technology to make elections easier, more cost-effective and more accountable than ever before."

About, Inc., the first global Internet election company, is committed to broadening voter participation in the democratic process. The company provides public and private sector election services for political jurisdictions, associations, non-profit organizations, labor unions, credit unions, pension funds and corporations. The company's management team has over 25 years of experience in technology and election-related businesses. is a privately held company headquartered in Garden City, New York. also has offices in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, London and Paris.
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