ES&S Acquires Assets of AutoMARK Technical Systems, LLC.


Acquisition Means ES&S will Manufacture and Market Widely Praised Voter Assist Terminal

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 28 -- Today, Election Systems & Software (ES&S) announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of AutoMARK Technical Systems (ATS), LLC. As a result, ES&S will both manufacture and market the innovative AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal -- a ballot marking device that has provided many voters with disabilities the opportunity to mark paper ballots privately and independently for the first time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"This acquisition means that ES&S is now in the strongest position to fully support, under a single company structure, the only real ballot marking device that meets the needs of voters with disabilities," said Aldo Tesi, President and Chief Executive Officer of ES&S. "ATS is a great company with a solid pool of talented employees. The combination of our individual strengths will assure continued innovation, quality service, and proven product offerings for our customers."

With this acquisition, ES&S will continue to service hundreds of ES&S customers that already utilize more than 33,000 AutoMARK ballot marking devices, enhance the product as part of the company's suite of end-to-end, fully integrated voting solutions, and assume control of future product development. Since its introduction in 2005, the AutoMARK has been extremely well received by election officials and voters.

"This is a perfect fit for ATS," said Gene Cummings, President and Founder of ATS. "We are proud of what we have done to bring this innovative product to market. With its reach and innovation expertise, ES&S is best positioned to take the AutoMARK forward."

The transaction is effective immediately.

About Election Systems & Software (ES&S)

Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) is the world's largest and most experienced provider of total election management solutions. For nearly 40 years, ES&S -- as a company solely focused on elections and the leader in its industry -- has grown to support a customer base of more than 1,600 jurisdictions throughout the world, and more than 170,000 election systems installed worldwide. In 2007, under the intElect brand, ES&S unveiled its next generation of voting solutions. ES&S' intElect products truly represent the election of the future and an opportunity to take the administration of elections to a whole new level.

Source: Election Systems & Software, Inc.

CONTACT: Ken Fields, +1-314-982-0556, +1-314-640-2529, ken.fields@fleishman.com, for Election Systems & Software, Inc.

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