The BallotPoint system incorporates an election process and methodology developed and standardized across 17-plus years of providing election services to unions, the National Mediation Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and U.S. Treasury Department.
BallotPoint provides unions and governmental agencys the ability to conduct elections by Internet, telephone, paper, and on-site using an infrastructure wholly designed, implemented, installed, and maintained by CCComplete at its Portland, OR facilities.
All election methodology has been developed by BallotPoint and are based upon prudent practices and have been applied in the form of safeguards and controls to:
The BallotPoint voting system and methodolog incorporates all these key elements to comply with the integrity and secrecy requirements of Title IV of the LMRDA.
So, how do we measure up compared to others? We have developed a set of evaluation criteria to assist you in your decision making process. Click Here for a copy.
To answer the question one must first understand the BallotPoint approach and philosophy. It's simply not enough to say “votes are secret, trust us.” Secrecy is not an option, it’s a given with the BallotPoint approach, unlike other voting systems that were developed to meet a lesser standard than what is required by the LMRDA. Secrecy is an integral component of the BallotPoint design. To understand more Click Here.
Security is a word with differing definitions. Don’t be misled. It’s easy for a service provider to say “our system is secure.” However, security should be evidenced by independent 3rd party testing to remove any notion of bias or half-truths. At BallotPoint we employed the services of Aerstone, an independent cyber security expert, to verify our system is hack-proof.
Aerstone – an expert in the field of cyber-security – attempted to compromise the BallotPoint system. After completing their testing their Executive Summary stated:
“To summarize, the security posture of the BallotPoint Election System is effective in protecting the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of on line elections. The processes, configurations and security controls of the election system were successful in preventing the assessment team from gaining unauthorized access to election data, election systems, gain the ability to illegally cast votes, or disrupt the voting process while simulating standard [and unauthorized] voting members.”
Furthermore, Aerstone verified that even persons with administrative privileges could not alter any election data that could change or interrupt the voting process, could not compromise the secret ballot process, or obtain election results prior to a ballot being closed and officiated.
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An essential aspect of the BallotPoint philosophy is to extend system observability all the way to individual members. This is a major advance beyond the much weaker observability required by the LMRDA. We believe that if the BallotPoint electronic voting system was invented prior to mail balloting, widespread adoption of voting by mail would never have occurred. Mail ballot elections have no provision for each voter being able to track his vote through the process.
Consistent with the way the BallotPoint system creates audit trails to track the actions of election administrators, it creates audit trails on a per-member basis, to permit the member to see when any activity of significance (e.g., activation of the voting account, logins, changes in voting credentials, or voting) has occurred on that member’s account. A member can view his own activity log by logging in to the BallotPoint system. Note that the activity log does not show how a member voted, only that he voted.
We have a full explanation of observation when using the BallotPoint system. Click Here for more.
Not only did we submit a response, we also included discussion regarding the Chao v. APA case, the SERVE report, and we addressed the “myth” of the double envelope. Click Here to see our response.
We can help you with an on-going investigation. Better yet, we can help keep you out of a DOL investigation in the first place. BallotPoint has more expertise with DOL, LMRDA, and OLMS than any other election provider. We can advise you on how to work with DOL, what to say, what not to say, and what your options are. We are experts in this field. Click Here for more information.
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