HelloSign Selected by Vote.org to Bring First Ever Online Absentee Ballot Application to Voters

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HelloSign and HelloFax APIs Combine to Eliminate Hassle of Printing and Mailing Forms for Voters, Improves Voter Retention

HelloSign, the easiest way to electronically sign legally binding documents, announces today an integration with Vote.org, a nonprofit digital voting organization dedicated to removing barriers to voting, to make it possible for absentee voters for the first time ever to complete their ballot applications online. By utilizing a combination of the HelloSign and HelloFax APIs, Vote.org is able to improve voter retention by building an online workflow that voters can use immediately, without waiting for local governments to secure the time and money to upgrade antiquated offline systems.

By integrating the HelloSign and HelloFax APIs, absentee voters in AZ, FL, GA, ID, NE, KS and NC can now use Vote.org to apply for an absentee ballot entirely online, bypassing the issue of state governments not offering an online alternative. The HelloSign API makes it possible for voters to easily affix their electronic signature to the ballot application directly on Vote.org. Once the ballot application is completed, Vote.org utilizes the HelloFax API to automatically fax the ballot application to the appropriate local election office.

To learn more about how HelloSign powers eSigning for Vote.org, click here: https://goo.gl/Qv0CDI

“The percentage of Americans that own a printer has seen a rapid decline over the past decade, and since our main mission is to eliminate barriers for voters, we simply had to be able to offer a way for Americans to take the voting process entirely online. It’s also a priority to make filling out forms online as easy as possible for voters, so we were looking for a solution with an intuitive user interface as well,” said Vote.org Founder Debra Cleaver. “We evaluated our options to integrate an eSignature and faxing API to get the job done and nothing compared to HelloSign. The HelloSign and HelloFax API were able to accommodate a very specific and unique workflow, their documentation is extremely straightforward, their customer support is unparalleled and we were up and running in a small fraction of the time it would have taken with other vendors.”

Vote.org utilizes the template, data validation and embedded requesting features of the HelloSign API to power a seamless experience for voters to fill out an application for an absentee ballot online. Once the voter inputs their name, birthdate, political party, email address and voting address, the HelloSign API inserts that information into the application form automatically. By utilizing the data validation feature, errors in applications are dramatically reduced thanks to the ability to set specific data requirements on each field. The pre-filled application is then ready for the voter to review, affix their electronic signature and submit. Voters are then emailed a copy of their application for their records and the HelloFax API ensures the application is submitted electronically to the correct local elections office. By sending the application to the fax number of that voter’s specific local elections office, the HelloFax API ensures that a hardcopy is available for election officials as deemed necessary by the state government.

"Our integration with Vote.org is particularly exciting because it illustrates the value of combining our entire platform, HelloSign and HelloFax, to power a very specific and critical workflow,” says Joseph Walla, CEO and Co-founder of HelloSign. “We’ve always known that eSignatures are an important piece to any business, but to know that more Americans are able to vote because of our partnership with Vote.org really brings that to light. We’re honored to be chosen by Vote.org to bring value to voters and to help bring an end to voter drop out due to frustrating, outdated systems.”

The HelloSign API is the easiest way for developers to build secure, legally binding eSignatures into applications. Providing maximum flexibility, companies can either use their interface by embedding documents on their own website or have users complete documents in the HelloSign web app. When combined with the HelloFax API, companies can add the ability to send and receive faxes online without the need for a fax machine. Both the HelloSign and HelloFax APIs are REST-based and offer easy sign up, dedicated support by the developers that built it and transparent pricing. All documents signed through HelloSign are legally binding under the 2000 U.S. Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and is compliant with Electronic ID and Trust Services (eIDAS) regulations. Data passed through HelloSign and HelloFax stays secure with SSL encryption and world-class server infrastructure.

About HelloSign
HelloSign, the product leader in the eSignature space, makes it simple for businesses to offer fast, secure, and legally binding eSignatures to their customers through both a user-friendly web application and a developer-focused API. Trusted by millions of users, HelloSign is bringing the tradition and security of pen and paper signatures to the digital world for an uninterrupted workflow. For more information see http://www.hellosign.com and follow HelloSign on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.

About Vote.org
Vote.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital voting organization backed by Y-Combinator. Americans are eager to adopt digital voting solutions. Vote.org has built and will continue to iterate the digital technology that removes barriers to voting and increases voter turnout. Learn more at Vote.org.

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