GFWC Voters 'Check In' with Election Trust Bar Codes

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Scanner authentication enables efficient convention eVoting.

After casting paper ballots for more than a century, the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) introduced online voting at its 2006 Annual International Convention through Election Trust, its balloting services vendor.

That year, the voting members loved paperless eVoting with one catch: authenticating each voter required a hand-typed, unique PIN…unnecessarily slowing down the balloting process.

The Solution?

For GFWC's 117th Annual International Convention in Chicago this June, Election Trust integrated barcode reader technology with its patented Secured by Scytlâ„¢ remote electronic voting platform to authenticate each GFWC delegate without the need for each person to manually enter a unique PIN.

"We successfully moved our members through the entire eVoting procedure - from check-in through log-out - at an average time spent of about five minutes per voter," said Patricia Heepe, GFWC's Election Committee Chairman, "our delegates really appreciated this streamlined balloting process. We look forward to working with Election Trust again in future elections."

"Delivering certified eVote results in 20 minutes was a plus as well," added Michael Newbury, Election Trust's Operations Director. "Consider that we back up those results with Scytl's immutable encrypted log reports and Voter Verifiable online ballot receipts and you have the makings of successful election for GFWC. Providing that solution is what we love."

About Election Trust (
Election Trust brings together veteran election professionals and proven balloting technology to provide the most innovative, efficient and secure voting solutions available today. In the public sector Election Trust works with government election administrators as a technology consultant and integrator. In the private sector Election Trust provides Third Party balloting for political parties, labor unions, professional associations, cooperatives, student governments, and home owner groups.

About the General Federation of Women's Clubs (
With clubs in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries, the General Federation of Women's Clubs is an organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. GFWC clubwomen are more than 100,000 mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, doctors, teachers, and community leaders active in approximately 4,000 clubs, who collaborate on projects that touch lives in their own hometowns and around the globe.


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