The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is one step closer to an electronic voting system, announcing Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Everyone Counts Inc. to exclusively develop a system for the 85th Academy Awards.
Everyone Counts will work with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Academy’s accounting firm of record, whose role in tabulating Academy members’ votes will remain unchanged. Over the next year, the Academy will undertake a rigorous security and user-acceptance testing process.
“This is the first of many steps that we’ll be taking toward developing a secure and convenient electronic voting system, beginning with next year’s ballot,” said Academy chief operating officer Ric Robertson. “We’re excited to have found great partners in the people who do this best.”
The selection of Everyone Counts is the result of an 18-month search conducted by the Academy. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in election administration and computer security and its voting platform is a global leader in the election industry. Built into its technology and processes are multiple layers of security that include military-grade encryption techniques. The company’s other clients include the United States Department of Defense; the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice; the state of New South Wales, Australia; and the states of Oregon, Florida, and Washington.