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September 28, 2001
City of Toronto Election Services signs elections systems contracts
  
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, Councillor Lorenzo Berardinetti, Chair of the
Administration Committee, and Greg Essensa, Director of Elections Services,
announced earlier today that the City of Toronto has signed contracts to
provide vote tabulators and services for several upcoming elections in other
jurisdictions.

"This is great news for the City of Toronto and a credit to the hard work and
expertise of our Elections staff," said Mayor Lastman. "These contracts are the
first of many that will provide the City with an additional source of revenue
and are a clear sign of confidence in the new tabulators, which performed so
well during our last municipal election."

According to Greg Essensa, Director of Elections Services, the City of Toronto
has entered into contracts with Elections Systems and Software to provide
approximately 200 vote tabulators and associated services for the October 15,
2001 elections in Edmonton and St. Albert, Alberta. The same type of contract
has been signed with PG Elections Systems of Quebec to provide tabulators and
staff services for the November 4, 2001 elections in Quebec City, Sherbrooke,
Trois-Rivieres, Blaineville and St. Adele.

"The benefits to the City are enormous," said Councillor Berardinetti. "We
receive a return on our initial investment in the new voting equipment that
will net the City approximately $450,000 on these contracts, which was the
original intention when we purchased the technology."

To date, Election Services has received inquiries from other jurisdictions in
British Columbia, the Maritimes, several U.S. states including Florida, and
even from overseas. "By working with other municipalities on their elections,
our staff will receive invaluable experience in working with the tabulators and
get to observe different processes and procedures that may help us to refine
our own election system," noted Mr. Essensa.


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