Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, ES&S are the largest and most experienced election systems company in the world. For over 40 years ES&S have worked with many of the same customers, introducing innovative election products and services, to keep them at the top of their game.

The problem

The UK Government, through the Electoral Commission (now Ministry of Justice), with a remit to modernise UK elections, had chosen ES&S to provide an integrated election solution for the forthcoming May English local government elections. With just 4 months remaining, ES&S was in to need to find a reliable partner with the resource and expertise to help with the creation of a ballot counting solution. This solution needed to integrate with the ES&S telephone and internet voting solutions from other partners Intelivote and Scytl.

The solution

IQSS put together a team of 4 based in the UK who worked closely with the ES&S overall project manager, the local councils and other partners & suppliers. The team produced and tested a solution, CAIRO, that met the exact needs and counted the ballots on May 3rd flawlessly.

The enhanced relationship

Following a successful local election ES&S had high confidence in IQSS’s abilities. ES&S contracted IQSS to produce a generic ballot counting solution that could be used beyond the May election, easily configurable with custom ballot designs, to work in world-wide ballot paper based elections. IQSS produced GIZA which was an EML compliant solution. The solution was produced by IQ teams in both UK and Bangalore, India.

The technology

Mitek: Used for vote recognition
Java: Used for programming
Swing: Used for clients (fat, secure & fast).
JAI: Used for advanced image functionality
JPA: Interface to DB to allow use of multiple DB technologies.
MySQL: Initial RDBMS technology tested, but solution capable of working with others such as Oracle and SQL/Server.
Jasper: Reports Used for election reporting.
XML: Used for EML input and output election data.


Not only did ES&S manage to complete a critical project when they did not have the resource or local expertise, but they managed to cement a relationship that allowed longer term cost savings in developing future solutions.