By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 25, 2012 at 3:22PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has partnered with Everyone Counts, Inc to implement an electronic voting system for next year's Academy Awards.
Everyone Counts will work with PwC, 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, in a statement. "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'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.
"We are honored to have earned the trust of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in bringing online voting to the Oscars starting next year," said Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts Inc. "Our company was founded to set a new standard of security, accessibility, and transparency in elections. We're proud to be working with the Academy, an organization that also represents the highest standards in its field."
"We look forward to working with Everyone Counts for next year's 85th Academy Awards and beyond," said Brad Oltmanns, balloting leader, PwC. "We are excited about the new electronic voting system, which will enable us to conduct the tabulation process with the same high level of precision, trust and integrity that we have for the past 78 years."