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Technology Allows Disabled Voters Access to Election Polls

Quad Media announced its agreement with Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), making ES&S the exclusive distributor of Quad Media's accessibility products to the political voting/election industry. The multi-year contract is expected to generate in excess of $40 million dollars in revenue for Quad Media by the end of its term.

"ES&S's distribution of Quad Media's fully American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant Portable Interactive Kiosk (PiK) products will offer the election industry a means to make polling places across the nation accessible to all citizens," states Quad Media President Bernard LaFleur. "The product will be equipped with accessibility technologies developed by the Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison."

"The PiK is a practical, commercially feasible solution for voters who have functional limitations or disabilities to access standard election technologies unassisted," states ES&S Corporate Product Manager Steve Bolton, "The PiK product is expected to be available to ES&S's customers in selected markets this year."

Quad Media's Portable Interactive Kiosk will enable people with a range of disabilities to exercise one of their most fundamental American rights, the right to vote," states Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft Corporation.

Located in Pulaski, Virginia, Quad Media designs and markets portable and modular information kiosks to government, retail, and other corporate clients.

The Omaha Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software, Inc. develops, markets, and services hardware and software solutions to local, state, and national election authorities worldwide.

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, the Trace Research and Development Center is a not-for-profit porganization dedicated to advancing the ability of people with disabilities, through the use of communication, computer, and information techbnologies. The center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Public announcement of the agreement between Quad Media and ES&S was made by Virginia Lieutenant Govenor, John Hager at the Hotel Roanoke's Shenandoah Ballroom, on Tuesday August 11, 1998.

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