Washington, D.C., November 20, 2007 - Continuing its strong momentum in the association industry and in advancing Web-based voting technology, Votenet™ Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of secure online voting and nomination solutions for associations, corporations, law firms, non-profits, universities and organizations, announced today that the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) successfully completed the association industry's first 100% online election with real-time eligibility tracking through its use of the eBallot Web-based voting solution. eBallot enabled NABJ to conduct its biannual board of directors elections and announce the official results during its August 2007 national convention, by verifying voter eligibility and geographical location of its nearly 4,000 members in real-time through unique integration with their Avectra netFORUM™ association management database.
"The eBallot voting solution has been extremely beneficial to NABJ and was well worth the investment," stated Kristin Palmer, NABJ Communications Manager. "The system has not only increased voter participation, but it has also streamlined the administration process for the elections committee by allowing them to tailor the ballot to meet the needs of different audiences within our membership."
The NABJ board of directors consists of a president, voted on by all NABJ members, and representatives of 12 U.S. geographic regions, voted on only by NABJ members residing in those regions. eBallot, through integration with Avectra, automatically determined eligibility for NABJ members upon their login to the voting section of the NABJ Web site. The integration between the systems permitted members who had joined NABJ as recently as that day to vote in the election, but it restricted voting access for those who had not yet renewed their memberships or renewed after the cutoff date. After eligibility was determined, eBallot seamlessly determined the geographic location of members and produced the ballot customized for their region.
At the close of the voting period, the NABJ election committee immediately received the final election results, enabling them to publicly announce the official results and congratulate the newly elected board of directors at the close of the conference.
"Real-time eligibility tracking is the next evolutionary phase for Web-based voting, enabling organizations to leverage the valuable data already available in their membership databases to authenticate voters," stated Michael Tuteur, CEO, Votenet Solutions, Inc. "Due to our deep technological experience and our Web-based architecture, eBallot is easily integrated with a variety of membership management applications already used by clients."
To learn how eBallot can meet the online voting needs of your organization, please visit http://www.discovereballot.com.
About Votenet Solutions, Inc.
Votenet Solutions, Inc. is the leading provider of secure on-demand voting and nominations software and election consulting for private organizations including membership associations, trade associations, award shows, realtor organizations, universities, K-12 schools, law firms, homeowner associations, corporations, financial institutions, unions, pension boards, credit unions and other types of organizations.
Since 2001, Votenet's software has delivered more than 8,000 online ballots and served over 6,000,000 voters worldwide. With its market-leading online voting solution, eBallot , its suite of online governance solutions, and 650+ clients in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe, Votenet Solutions Inc. is the emerging global leader in e-governance technology.
Votenet Solutions, Inc. is based in Washington, D.C. with offices throughout North America. For more information please visit www.votenet.com. To inquire about one of our solutions, please call 800-868-3638 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. About Avectra, Inc
Avectra is the leading provider of on demand Web-based membership management software solutions that are result of more than 14 years of experience serving member-based organizations of every size and discipline. Avectra's netFORUM solutions enable organizations of all sizes to experience world class membership management. netFORUM Enterprise Edition is the member industry's most technologically advanced solution, serving the complex needs of even the largest associations with unmatched flexibility and speed. netFORUM Team and Pro Editions are scaled to perfectly address the needs of smaller organizations and provide the tools that help organizations identify, secure and build members for life. Avectra is headquartered in McLean, Va., and has offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. More information about Avectra and the netFORUM family of products can be found at www.avectra.com.