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20130085816ONLINE COMMUNITIES FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES PRODUCTS - An online community for users of a financial services product, such as credit card users, and various features of such communities. For example, the members can share profits based on community performance, provide feedback and vote on ways to improve the financial services product experience, and help one other when possible. The online community can provide status indicators corresponding to members' engagement within the online community, publish the profit and loss statement of the financial services product associated with the community, provide a decline process that facilitates approval to the community for customers with improving credit, link members' deposits to provide a higher interest rate, automatically transfer balances between banks, and pay referral fees to the community.04-04-2013
20100153190VOTING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - An apparatus and system for casting votes electronically comprises both a host server and a plurality of voting machines at various remote locations. First “user identifying information” for a plurality of potential users who are registered to use the system is pre-stored in memory, either at the host server or at a voting machine, or both. Second “user identifying information” is entered by a user of the voting machine at the time the user wishes to vote. A display on the voting machine presents to the user voting information concerning at least one voting matter for which the user is to make a voting selection. A processor in either the host server or the voting machine, or both, compares the second user identifying information entered by the user of the voting machine with the first user identifying information, if any, previously stored in memory. The user of the voting machine is authorized to make a voting selection on the voting matter if the first and second user identifying information relating to this user are substantially similar. When a voting selection is made by an authorized user of the voting machine, the processor in the host server counts it as a vote. In this way, only users authorized to cast a vote are allowed to vote and the voting selections from all such authorized users who cast a vote are counted.06-17-2010
20110202392System and Method for Un-Issuing Voting Credits - The present invention is directed to a system and method for un-issuing a voting credit that has been erroneously issued to a voter in an election. The system includes an electronic poll book that is used to check-in a voter by locating the appropriate voter record and analyzing the voter record to determine whether a voting credit has been issued to the voter in the election. If a voting credit has been issued to the voter, the electronic poll book displays an indication that the voter has already voted in the election. If it is determined that the voting credit was erroneously issued to the voter, a poll worker enters an un-issue code into the poll book. The poll book verifies the validity of the un-issue code and updates the voter record so as to un-issue the voting credit. As such, the voter may vote a regular ballot in the election.08-18-2011
20130085815COMPUTERIZED VOTING SYSTEM - Officials using computers research and create lists of Certified Registered Voters and Proxies whom are sent computer encoded ballots and return containers. Each Ballot and correlated Receipt(s) share a unique Random Symbolic Identifier (RSID) and use embedded Security Elements to prevent counterfeiting. For privacy, before voting, Voters-Proxies optionally exchange ballots and return containers within their Voting Region, validating ballots electronically or in-person by submitting Ballot Validation RSID to Officials. Voter-Proxy completes ballot(s), adds Personal Security Identifier(s), receives ballot receipt, delivery receipt upon sending ballot to Officials via postal mail, Interactive Television, Internet, Telephone, Fax, Email, In-person. Received ballots are electronically-optically recorded; if timely and authentic, voter selections are extracted, tallied if properly marked, and published to Voters' private data area accessed via Receipt RSID. Official devices, communications computer processing partially managed and optimized by computers running artificial intelligence software programs. After voting ends, Officials publish all data for integrity verification.04-04-2013
20100076824METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CORPORATE VOTING - A proxy voting system enables an investor with a large number of investments to efficiently manage and vote proxies. A shareholder enters preferences regarding how to vote his or her proxies into a computer system, which then screens the received proxies, automatically enters the shareholder's preferences onto the proxy card and returns the completed proxy card to the appropriate election authority at the proper time. The system includes a central controller, a user interface for each investor, a proxy server and a manual entry subsystem, which provides an interface for those corporations that are not equipped to handle electronic formatted proxies.03-25-2010
20100076823Voting system and method of voting - A voting system has a monitor to be activated by a voting person, means for introducing a name of the voting person, a computer system connected with the monitor and the means and provided with a computer program configured so that on a screen of the monitor a plurality of icons are exhibited each corresponding to a person for who voting persons have to vote, and so that upon touching a corresponding one of the icons by the voting person an information that the voting person voted for a corresponding person to be voted for in correspondence with the touched icon is supplied to the computer system, where upon the computer program calculates votes and determines winners.03-25-2010
20100114674Auditable method and system for generating a verifiable vote record that is suitable for electronic voting - The invention relates to an auditable method and system for generating a verifiable vote record that is suitable for electronic voting. The inventive method is characterized in that a voting module, an audit module and a verification module perform the following steps in which: voting options are selected by the voter in the voting module; the voting options are sent from the voting module to the audit module; a vote record is generated in the verification module which contains the voting options selected by the voters in the voting module; the voter confirms that the vote record contains the voting options that s/he selected in the voting module by direct verification of the vote record; and audit information is generated in the audit module in order to secure the electronic vote and/or the associated vote record which are both generated from the voting options selected and confirmed by the voter.05-06-2010
20120209665Idea, Submission, Ranking And Incubating System And Method - A system and method for idea submission, idea ranking and idea incubating are provided that allow regular members of the public to submit ideas, allows those submitted ideas to be ranked and reviewed by a community and that incubates the best ideas and secures protection and potential monetization of the best ideas and it is to this end that the disclosure is directed.08-16-2012
20090307065DIRECT DEMOCRACY FRAMEWORK - There is disclosed a global infrastructure that would help change the world's political landscape. Utilizing the distributed technology of end-user voting tools—installed on computers, cell phones, and other digital devices across the globe—this new infrastructure would facilitate a viral virtual democracy process identified as distributed voting. When integrated with the centralized management capabilities of a Voting Management Server into a Direct Democracy Framework, this process can dovetail into petitioning, registration, congress, and ratification. Such a system makes it clearly possible to represent the will of the people far more effectively than the often slow-moving voting systems that serve us today, either by providing a conduit of the people's will to existing representative governments or, where appropriate, by facilitated governance by direct democracy.12-10-2009
20110015970VOTING SYSTEM WITH CONTENT - An apparatus includes a database of content and a content system. The database stores content related to a set of entities to be voted upon in a voting system, wherein there is at least one piece of content for each selection. The content system receives a vote of a user from the voting system and at least an identifier of a cellphone of the user and provides content related to the vote from the database to the cellphone. At least a portion of the content is playable on the cellphone.01-20-2011
20130060612Parliamentary Collaboration and Democratic Database System, Method, and Computer Program Product - An exemplary networking system incorporating parliamentary procedures where standards may be built, debated, adopted and enforced by a plurality of organizations and users is set forth. The parliamentary procedure of each organization is itself a standard, which may be managed by the system. A system, method and/or computer program product may include a method for building structured documents by a collaborative process over computer networks, including: receiving, by at least one processor, from one or more organization(s) a configurable parliamentary structure; receiving, by the at least one processor, from the organization(s) at least one organizational bylaw for the organization(s) defined in at least one document; and receiving, by the at least one processor, at least one edit for the at least one document, adoptable by the organization(s); wherein said at least one organizational bylaw comprises computer readable instructions enforceable by the at least one processor system.03-07-2013
20080313026System and method for voting in online competitions - Content distribution systems that support Cost-Per-Engagement (CPE) based advertising are disclosed. One embodiment of the invention includes a server connected to a network, a database connected to the server and a voter computer connected to the network. In addition, the server is configured to provide a plurality of options to the voter computer, the voter computer is configured to register with the server using a profile and to communicate a current selection from one of the options to the server, the database stores information concerning past activity associated with a voter profile and the server is configured to determine the value of the vote as a function of at least one factor indicative of stored information concerning the past activity associated with the voter profile.12-18-2008
20120116854Method and system for raising funds using a participant vote based program via a communications network - A method for raising funds using a participant vote based program via a communications network comprising: a) providing an online program that participants joins; b) providing a program fund where money is added to the fund based on at least one of the following ways: fees paid by participants in the program, fees paid by business related to consumer purchases, fees paid from advertising or related revenue from the program, fees paid by business partners related to participant purchases, contributions from business partners or participants, and contributions from individuals or organizations; c) providing a submission process for a submitter, who request funding; d) providing a voting process where the participant can vote on the submission, and participant can earn and use bonus votes; e) providing a disbursement process where the money is disbursed from the program fund based at least partially on the results of the vote.05-10-2012
20090234721PERSISTENT COLLABORATIVE ON-LINE MEETING SPACE - A system and method for establishing persistent collaborative on-line meeting spaces for a plurality of participants located at a plurality of different locations using computing devices across a communication network. The system includes sending invitations to the plurality of participants, and establishing the identity of potential attendees and only allowing authorized participants to enter the meeting space. The system also includes creating a virtual workspace on a workspace computer wherein the participants can interact. The interaction can include creating, adding, organizing, and deleting meeting content. The system also records status, movement and modification of the meeting content and participant activities during the meeting for later playback. The system can use user contributed objects and content, virtual sticky notes, organizer tools and other items, and can support multiple security levels.09-17-2009
20110125556Voting System And Method - Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling a voter to vote at any single official polling place in the state (jurisdiction) even if it lies outside the boundaries of his local voting location (division of the jurisdiction). The systems and methods disclosed also prevent voter fraud, including a single voter voting more than once, at any polling place anywhere in the jurisdiction.05-26-2011
20090099908Automated voter registration and tabulation system - A system and method of registering voters and tabulating an election is provided. A voter database is maintained with a record of each eligible voter comprising at least one voter characteristic. Based on the at least one voter characteristic, a set of positions and issues for which the voter is eligible to vote is determined. The set of positions and issues is printed onto a ballot. The ballot may be printed on demand or mailed to the voter along with a return envelope and an anonymous ballot envelope. The invention further comprises a system and method for tabulating and auditing election results. Voted ballots are scanned and computer readable visual representations of the ballots are generated and stored. The visual representations are analyzed to generate vote data. The visual representation, vote data and ballot are associated with each other by a unique ballot identification. Visual representations of ballots can be received based on a database query and displayed along with the associated vote data for review. Based on the unique ballot identification, the ballot associated with the vote data may also be identified and reviewed. If necessary, vote data associated with a ballot may be corrected.04-16-2009
20110295657TEST-WEIGHTED VOTING - The object of the invention is to provide a method of voting whereby votes are weighted by voters' score on a test. Say officials are not sufficiently science-minded. Votes for officials are weighted with the scores of voters on tests which could be mostly from high school algebra where good grades enable students to go on to science and engineering. This weighted vote reveals the science-quality problem-solving ability, or lack, of candidates, and so more science-minded officials are elected.12-01-2011
20090150228VOTING PROMOTION ACTIVITY SUPPORT PROGRAM AND VOTING PROMOTION ACTIVITY SUPPORT APPARATUS - An apparatus accepts, from each voter, registration of a free delegation relationship. Then, the apparatus presents voting information such as a vote topic, choices and a voting expiration date to the voter. Next, the apparatus presumes how delegated votes are delegated, during a voting state at a total calculation date, in accordance with the delegation relationships, and estimates a voting result in consideration of delegation of votes. Next, the estimation apparatus sends the estimated voting result to the voters and the administrator for encouraging voter to vote.06-11-2009
20120239464COMPUTER METHODS AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS FOR VOTING - In one embodiment, a mobile electronic device at least having: a processor programmed to acquire an access instruction to allow a voter to access vote issues; and execute the following code: to provide, to the voter, information identifying vote issues; to enable the mobile electronic device to transmit at least one vote of the voter, where the enabling is based on: a first software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device to present a first vote issue, a second software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device to receive a first vote from the voter, where the voter submits the first vote by a first single action performed immediately after the presentation of the first vote issue and without any intervening action, a third software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device of the voter to transmit the received first vote from the voter to the computer system.09-20-2012
20090089155Multicomputer Data Transferring and File Accessing to Authenticate Online Voting and Registration in a Secure Database System - Disclosed is a method and system for file accessing and data transferring to secure online voting using a multilayered security system where all contents of the data may be delivered to users of varied electronic devices. The data transferring occur as an external communication between separate computers which themselves are distinguishable processing entities, such as a voter processing center, online voting station, registration station, and calling station. The system includes (i) requesting at least one voter and biometric information based on a security level; (ii) receiving the at least one voter and biometric information from the user; (iii) verifying the at least one voter and biometric information against the stored voter and biometric information; (iv) in response to acceptable verifications, sending a voting ballot; and (v) receiving and storing the voting ballot with a vote selection. The security level may depend on the type of ballot.04-02-2009
20080275767Dynamic Creation of an Online Contest or Poll - A method and a system are provided, such that a subscriber may access a remote processing device to dynamically create or edit an online contest or an online poll. When creating an online contest, the subscriber may provide the remote processing device with contest information including contest rules, contest entrance criteria, access control information, a format for contest submissions, and/or other information. When creating an online poll, the subscriber may provide the remote processing device with information including a poll question, poll answers, a poll category, poll entrance criteria, poll access control information, and/or other poll information. In some embodiments, the subscriber may create one or more access lists to limit access to an online poll or an online contest, to limit viewing of the online poll or the online contest, or to limit participation of users with respect to the online poll of the online contest.11-06-2008
20120296706Automatic Valid Vote Count Storage using Secure Embedded Non Volatile Memory - A non-volatile memory system adapted for securely registering votes within a voting system is described. The votes are encoded as a set of logically grouped cells based on a voter's selection of an item. The encoding assures that the votes are easily distinguishable by a read circuit.11-22-2012
20100145775System and method for computer program implemented internet environmental information exchange and marketplace - The system and method described below relates to modeling and implementation of an internet based computer program that comprises a system for the marketing and central system of user exchange of environmental, social and spritual content and information, through a website, together with optional user registration, green content websites promotion system having user uploaded explanatory content, highlighting important green issues, a user voting system for all user's uploaded content of whatever type (other website links, viisual media, audio media, text, etc.), a user rating system, a user bidding system, a user carbon footprint analysis algorithm, an algoritm to generate an award for registered users, said algoritm taking input data from all users voting, ratings, type of uploaded content, quality of said content, focus of said content, variety of said content, user chat rooms that may simultaneously access any uploaded content, through said on-line internet website.06-10-2010
20100145774METHOD FOR VOTING PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION BY MEANS OF AN AUTOMATED OPERATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM - The invention relates to information computer engineering and is embodied in the form of a method for preparing and running a vote process with the aid of an automated system comprising a territorially distributed voting network consisting of territorial stations, a central control station and an automated operation and information system comprising a system element network consisting of software-hardware means systems which are interconnected with the aid of acceptable communications means and make it possible, in an access mode and in a real time scale and/or during a session, to receive information from the voting network elements, to process said information in such a way that the data objects are represented in a textual and/or graphical and/or digital and/or matrix format, to input identification data items about the voting network and system element into the data objects, to record, collect, store, transmit, statistically process, display and visualise the data objects and to form an integrated database of an election campaign or referendum, simultaneously produce requested data blocks and to supply said blocks in a view mode, through the Internet network and/or for in-line open familiarisation with information and for in real time visualising the information about the vote campaign preparation and running on the large-sized group display means.06-10-2010
20120296707ENABLING COMMUNITY TOURNAMENTS - In an example, generating and enabling a tournament includes a) selecting at least one pair of proposals from the accessed plurality of proposals for consideration, each selected pair of proposals being assigned to at most one match per tier; b) scheduling the at least one match; c) accessing a plurality of registered voters; d) assigning the plurality of registered voters to one match per tier; e) receiving information from the assigned registered voters; f) determining a winner and a loser of each match based on information provided by the registered voters of the respective matches; g) removing the loser of each match from consideration in generating matches in subsequent tiers of the tournament; h) determining if only one proposal remains for consideration; i) repeating a)-h) if more than one proposal remains; and j) identifying the one remaining proposal for consideration as the winner of the tournament.11-22-2012
20090150229ANTI-COLLUSIVE VOTE WEIGHTING - An anti-collusive vote weighting method and system. Instances of possible vote collusion may be identified based on correlating the vote history of users voting on an information item and weighting the votes in accordance with the correlated voting history. A list of information items may be compiled and ranked by the quantity of voting data received from a plurality of users. The vote histories of two or more users may be correlated to obtain a correlation value associated with the users. A lesser predetermined weight may be applied to the voting data of users having correlation values above a first predetermined value. In addition, a greater predetermined weight may be applied to the voting data of users having correlation values below a second predetermined value. The greater the correlation between vote histories of users, the greater the likelihood that the voters are colluding to vote for the information item.06-11-2009
20080281682Voting system that allows voters to securely verify their votes - Various election methods are provided wherein voters are able to verify their votes through public means. In one embodiment, each of the ballots includes a ballot identifier and each of the choices thereon is associated with a selection identifier. After the completed ballots are received by the voting authority, the authority publishes the ballot identifiers obtained from the ballots in association with the selection identifiers of the selected choices to enable each voter to verify his or her vote. In another embodiment, the voter provides the ballot identifier and the selection identifiers of the selected choices on a delivery mechanism (e.g., envelope). The relevant identifiers are then obtained by the authority from the delivery mechanisms and published. In another embodiment, the voters generate their own selection identifiers on the ballot which are then published by the authority to enable each voter to verify his or her vote.11-13-2008
20090313094METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREASING VOTER PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS - A method of providing election information includes receiving voter profile information from a voter, associating a personal identifier with at least a portion of the voter profile information, determining at least one voting classification information based on at least a portion of the voter profile information and at least one public record database; and providing at least a portion of the determined voting classification information to the voter via a voter interface. A method for providing voter profile information to a candidate includes receiving a plurality of voter profiles at a voter space database, receiving at least one candidate profile at the voter space database from at least one candidate, determining at least one voter profile based on the candidate profile, and providing the voter profile to the candidate via a candidate interface.12-17-2009
20080243599Rapid notarization method and system - A method and system for voting are disclosed. The method and system can include a voting terminal that may display an electronic ballot. The electronic ballot may contain some voting data and a voter may input voting or selection data into the electronic ballot using a computer peripheral device. A copy of the electronic ballot may be printed and a voter may substantially simultaneously sign the printed copy of the ballot and the electronic copy of the ballot.10-02-2008
20080243598Campaign in a geo-spatial environment - A method, apparatus, and system of a campaign in a geo-spatial environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes populating each profile of a geo-spatial social network with an address data, forming a group in support of a campaign in the geo-spatial network when a particular user creates the group in support of the campaign and automatically communicating media to a physical location of a member of the group based on the address data associated with each profile of the geo-spatial network. The method may also include automatically creating the group based on a public data associated with each profile of the geo-spatial social network even prior to certain users associated with each profile registering geo-spatial social network by applying the public data to the each profile.10-02-2008
20100153189Method and apparatus for processing responses from a remote, live audience - A system and method for audience participation with a broadcast, such as a radio or television program distributed via terrestrial or satellite broadcast and IPTV multicast, is described. The system provides a distributed application architecture that self-organizes the audience's computers, including PCs, mobile devices, and set-top boxes, so that they work together and distribute the audience-participation communications and processing load so as to not overburden any one machine or communication channel. This same technique ensures that no over reliance is placed on one machine or channel. The system is arbitrarily scalable, without requiring significant infrastructure enhancements, with o(log n) response times. This allows live, real-time audience interactions such as voting or participation as a contestant, with live, real-time feedback to the studio originating the broadcast.06-17-2010
20090138343Voting System - An apparatus is disclosed for conducting a ballot in which at least one vote is cast by a voting input device (05-28-2009
20130218645COMPUTER BASED BALLOT SYSTEM AND PROCESS - The present invention relates to a computer based ballot system and apparatus enabling polling to be implemented via Wide Area Networks, such as the Internet. A computer based ballot system is provided. A user is able to cast a vote utilizing a voting device in the form of a computing process, via a voting interface, which may be a distributed computing element, distributed by web pages. Web pages may be blogger sites, social sites, media sites. Persons may be able place votes relating to the content of the various web pages.08-22-2013
20090187475Computer System and Method for Matching Businesses and Investors - A computer system allows businesses and investors to present information about themselves and allow the two find one another for working together. The businesses may also present their business on a television program, where judges and the audience will be able to vote for the best business. The businesses participate on the television program by receiving votes on the website hosted by the computer system.07-23-2009
20090327054PERSONAL REPUTATION SYSTEM BASED ON SOCIAL NETWORKING - Embodiments of the claimed subject matter provide a personal reputation system based on user behavior and activity within one or more social networks, and the migration of reputation-based data therein. One embodiment is implemented as a system for developing the personal reputations of users of the system belonging to a shared social network. Each user is associated with a personal profile, which represents the user within the social network. Each personal profile includes a personal reputation index representing the reputation of the corresponding user of the system, one or more personal tags attached to the personal profile, and a list of other users with acknowledged affiliations with the corresponding user.12-31-2009
20090024457SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE CONTESTS - A system and method provide content review, distribution, ranking and access and automate creation and performance of contests among sets of content-based contestants. The system and method provide customizable interactive, ongoing, multi-level, multi-round contests with expert review of and filtered submission of content-based contestants. Among other advantages, providers may use the system and method to obtain expert and consumer review and ranking of their content.01-22-2009
20110225024VOTING COMMUNICATING SYSTEM - A system and method that comprises receiving, at a communication system, an allocation of user votes across a set of entities eligible to receive votes. Communications from the communication system to a vote receiving system are automatically initiated in accordance with the allocation of user votes; the communications to register the user votes with the vote receiving system.09-15-2011
20080262906Voting on claims pertaining to a resource - A credibility card contains a claim about a resource, a way to identify the claimant, and a set of choices to be voted on about the claim. A resource can be information content, a product, or another item about which a claim can be made, and it may be associated with a Uniform Resource Indicator (URI). Information (e.g., a web page) that contains or describes the resource includes the credibility card, and a user viewing the information is given the chance to vote on the claims, such as by indicating agreement or disagreement with the claim. The votes are stored in a repository, which may protect the votes from being deleted. Users can view the tally of votes in order to judge the credibility of the claim or the claimant.10-23-2008
20120197687METHOD AND APPLICATION FOR PUBLICLY DISPLAYING CELL PHONE PHOTOGRAPHS - The present invention provides for a computer based method of uploading and displaying media taken by a user on a mobile device wherein the media, such as a photograph, is displayed on a public display unit. The method comprises the steps of downloading an application on a mobile device wherein the application is operable to allow a user to take a photograph on the mobile device. The method further includes the steps of uploading the photograph to a computer based database server, storing the photograph in a first file, monitoring the photograph for inappropriate content, storing the photograph in a second file if the photograph is deemed appropriate for public viewing, and displaying the photograph on the public display unit. The present invention requires the user to enter an access code displayed only at the venue.08-02-2012
20090076891SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING USING A TRUSTED COMPUTING PLATFORM - An apparatus for executing a trusted electronic voting system under the control of an election authority comprising: at least one electronic voting machine; an election configuration for the voting machine in the electronic voting system; and a trusted computing platform for the voting machine in the electronic voting system.03-19-2009
20100241493COMPUTERIZED VOTING SYSTEM - Any business, individuals, groups of people, or government that is Officially facilitating the voting process use sources of computer data and other data to create lists of every eligible Voter. The List of Eligible Voters contains the name and physical mailing address for each Voter. The Official host then arranges for printing of mailing envelopes containing specially designed ballots to the Voters. Each MASTER Ballot has two parts—a PRIMARY Ballot and at least one RECEIPT Ballot. For each MASTER Ballot, both the PRIMARY Ballot and RECEIPT Ballot(s) share an identical, unique group of symbols as a correlating identifier. The identifier (RSID) is randomly generated to be unique and rare, so as to make any ballot difficult to counterfeit. To maintain privacy, before voting, Voters exchange ballots any number of times within a voting region. Ballot validation prior to exchange is performed in person, by telephone, fax or Internet. Completed PRIMARY Ballots are mailed or otherwise delivered via Internet, Telephone, Fax or Email to Official host on or before the due date for verification, recording, tallying and publication. By referring to any RECEIPT Ballot having the same the unique RSID as the PRIMARY Ballot, any Voter can use a telephone or a computer connected to the Internet to enquire, verify or report errors as to processing of their PRIMARY Ballot, or published tallies of ballot votes or other information published. After voting is completed, Officials publish a list of all the Ballot Voting RSID's, so that anyone can verify any Ballot, Voter selections Ballots, the tally for each Ballot, etcetera. The Voting System may optionally be supported by physical ballots (paper, plastic, etc.) for immutable secondary verification of electronic votes; thus providing a transparent, verifiable audit trail to assure completeness, accuracy and validity of the Voting Session.09-23-2010
20130218646Reward Modification - Computer systems and methods using servers in a communication network, including computer processors and computer-readable media with instructions to cause them to perform operations, including disseminating a reward page to communication platforms on the network. The reward page could include an associated goal or need and an initial reward amount. Further, the communication platforms can be accessed by contacts, receive a request from contacts to modify the associated initial reward amount, and upon validation of the request, update the reward page to indicate the modified reward amount. Also, disseminate the reward page with the modified reward amount on the network, to receive, from the contacts, solution opportunities to achieve the goal or need associated with the reward page. Then select solution opportunities to achieve the goal or need of the reward page and award the modified reward amount to a recipient who submitted the selected solution opportunity.08-22-2013
20090144135Methods for the management and protection of electoral processes, which are associated with an electronic voting terminal, and operative module used - The inventive method is characterised in that, following a voting option selection step (06-04-2009
20090112705SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROXY VOTING BY INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS - A system and method for an electronic public forum to facilitate solicitation support of shareholder initiatives (e.g., for inclusion on an annual ballot or for a special vote, for instance). The public forum may be a web site provided as a service that permits individual stakeholders to view positions of third party entities such as activist non-profits, corporation, and individuals associated with issues related to a company's annual shareholder ballots, for example. Third parties may post general information regarding corporate issues and/or sample ballots on the web site with rationale for their positions. An individual stakeholder may use the proffered sample ballot during voting of their shares. In this way, individuals may align their votes with a particular cause of a third party. Moreover, real time results of any voting may be displayed.04-30-2009
20090106092Electronic voting system and method of voting - The present invention relates to an electronic voting system. Further, the electronic voting system includes methods and processes for voter registration, voter determination and eligibility, candidate information, on-line ballot generation, real-time voting, real-time voting tabulation, and voter demographics.04-23-2009
20100312616MULTICOMPUTER DATA TRANSFERRING AND FILE ACCESSING TO AUTHENTICATE ONLINE VOTING AND REGISTRATION IN A SECURE DATABASE SYSTEM - Disclosed is a method and system for file accessing and data transferring to secure online voting using a multilayered security system where all contents of the data may be delivered to users of varied electronic devices. The data transferring occur as an external communication between separate computers which themselves are distinguishable processing entities, such as a voter processing center, online voting station, registration station, and calling station. The system includes (i) requesting at least one voter and biometric information based on a security level; (ii) receiving the at least one voter and biometric information from the user; (iii) verifying the at least one voter and biometric information against the stored voter and biometric information; (iv) in response to acceptable verifications, sending a voting ballot; and (v) receiving and storing the voting ballot with a vote selection. The security level may depend on the type of ballot.12-09-2010
20090037260SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MACHINE-ASSISTED ELECTION AUDITING - A method for auditing ballots cast in an election, wherein each ballot is associated with a group. A subset of groups from which sample ballots will be chosen is identified. An identifier is printed on each ballot in the subset. Each ballot has a different identifier than every other ballot in its group. A check is performed to determine whether the identifiers were printed correctly on the ballots. If so, a machine re-count of ballots in each group in the subset is performed and the results are compared to the initial tally of ballots associated with the group. If there is a mismatch, a further investigation is triggered. If there is a match, manual verification is performed on sample ballots from each group. The audit may begin prior to completion of voting from all precincts by estimating the number of samples that will be necessary.02-05-2009
20110040605ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM - A system for electronic voting is provided. A state primary server is configured to provide voting information of at least one voter through a private Intranet. A poll worker computer station is configured to receive the voting information of the at least one voter through the private Intranet. A biometric device is connected to the poll worker computer station, where the biometric device is configured to receive biometric information from a poll worker, where the biometric device validates that the poll worker can utilize the poll worker computer station. The poll worker computer station is configured to compare the voting information of the at least one voter with voter biometric information of at least one current voter to determine if the voter biometric information of the at least one current voter is equivalent to the voting information of the at least one voter; if the voting information of the at least one voter is equivalent to the voter biometric information of at least one current voter then the at least one voter can cast an electronic vote at least one voting booth of a plurality of voting booths, wherein the at least one voting booth is configured to transmit the electronic vote to the poll worker computer station or the local district server.02-17-2011
20110119117GENERATION OF PRODUCTS IN CATALOGS FROM DIVERGENT LISTINGS - Methods and systems to generate product records in catalogs from divergent listings are provided. Example systems include a listings module to identify an immature product record corresponding to the item for sale. The listings module may determine, from one or more attributes of an item for sale described by the listing, that the item can be matched to an immature product record. A voting module may provide an interface including the first version of the immature product record and an option to select a first version or a second version of the immature product record matching the item. The voting module may further relate the selected version to the item for sale based on a selection by a user, and, in response, update a count of votes for the selected version. When the count of votes meets a threshold, the selected version may become the mature product record for inclusion in a catalog.05-19-2011
20120035988SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DISTRIBUTED RECURSIVE VOTING - A recursive voting method: creating an original initiative which requires a vote response, transmitting the original initiative to first tier recipient(s); transmitting the initiative by at least one first tier recipient to at least one second tier recipient to provide selected second tier recipients; receiving by each first tier recipient a tabulation of vote responses from the selected second tier recipients to provide a second tier vote tabulation; providing a first tier vote tabulation for each first tier recipient according to the second tier vote tabulation and a vote response from the first tier recipient; sending a first tier vote tabulation for each first tier recipient to the creator of the original initiative to provide an originator total tabulation, submitting a petition according to the originator total tabulation, wherein a preponderance of support responses is needed for the initiative to be submitted for petition; transmitting a vote update.02-09-2012
20110087523Voting Device Including Dynamic Keypad And Gesture Voting - A voting device and system for voting is described having a touch sensitive membrane input surface including at least one of an arc input and a slider input, at least one sensor for detecting movement and orientation of the voting device, and at least one transmitter. The voting device receives a voting response inputted by a user from at least one of the arc input, the slider input and the sensor, and then sends the user inputted response upon at least one of a pressure and a release of pressure on the touch sensitive membrane input surface.04-14-2011
20120303423METHOD FOR REVISING AND/OR IMPROVING ELECTRONIC COMPILATIONS - Electronically published compilations are provided. The compilations typically include a plurality of incumbent entries that are subject to replacement by candidate revisions through successive elections by an electorate of voters, e.g., human voters. Also provided are methods for improving existing compilations through elections. Election rules, history, dates and times, and election results may provide a measure of quality of the winning revision. Such compilations, when properly designed and implemented, may be viewed as an authoritative reference work that may ultimately serve as a “Rosetta Stone” for a semantic web.11-29-2012
20120303422Computer-Implemented Systems And Methods For Ranking Results Based On Voting And Filtering - Systems and methods are provided for filtering a pool of image designs. Votes for a plurality of image designs are received, the votes forming a distribution across the pool of image designs. A mean, a confidence interval, and a minimum are determined for the distribution based on the plurality of votes. A determination is made as to whether a break-point threshold has been reached for the pool of image designs, where the break-point threshold is based on the mean, the confidence interval, and the minimum. A further determination is made as to whether each particular design should be removed from consideration after the break-point threshold has been met, where a particular design is removed from consideration based on a mean of votes for the particular design and a confidence interval for the particular design. Image designs that have not been removed from consideration are then given preferential treatment when selecting the images to display.11-29-2012
20110010227Anti-rigging Voting System and Its Software Design - The hardware and software of the voting system of an election are described. The hardware consists of a number of computers: desktops or notebooks. The software consists of a number of programs running on these computers to produce a number of spreadsheet files of which election results can be displayed and verified. These spreadsheet files are protected with a password to prevent alterations. A voter also needs passwords for the authenticity of the vote. The vote is then entered into computer memory cells, the spreadsheet files and printed out on a piece of paper for the ballot box. This triple action will make the alteration of the election result difficult and enhance the honesty of the election.01-13-2011
20110213643SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROXY VOTING BY INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS - A system and method for an electronic public forum to facilitate solicitation support of shareholder initiatives (e.g., for inclusion on an annual ballot or for a special vote, for instance). The public forum may be a web site provided as a service that permits individual stakeholders to view positions of third party entities such as activist non-profits, corporation, and individuals associated with issues related to a company's annual shareholder ballots, for example. Third parties may post general information regarding corporate issues and/or sample ballots on the web site with rationale for their positions. An individual stakeholder may use the proffered sample ballot during voting of their shares. In this way, individuals may align their votes with a particular cause of a third party. Moreover, real time results of any voting may be displayed.09-01-2011
20110125557METHOD OF OPERATING AN ELECTION BALLOT PRINTING SYSTEM - A method includes receiving a voter list which includes a key identifier, and receiving a plurality of different types of ballot images. A control program, which operates a computer, is used to form a side file which associates the ballot images with the voter list, wherein the control program selects a ballot image, in response to the key identifier, which corresponds to a selected voter of the voter list. A print job, which includes the selected ballot image, is formed. The print job is printed to form an unused ballot.05-26-2011
20110060628METHOD FOR ASSESSING CANDIDATES BY VOTING AND A SYSTEM INTENDED FOR THIS PURPOSE AND A PROGRAM PRODUCT COMPRISING A COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A method for assessing candidates includes authorizing a plurality of voters to vote for a candidate among a plurality of candidates so as to determine a candidate ranking; determining a weighting for one of a voter and a candidate as a function of a ranking of the candidate or voter during the voting; allocating the weighting to the respective voter or candidate; and changing at least one of the candidate ranking and voter ranking according to the allocated weighting.03-10-2011
20110191147Methods And Systems For Internet-Based Network Shareholder Communication, Voting, And The Creation Of Regulatory Compliant Shareholder Proposals - Systems, methods and software applications for conducting network shareholder voting actions and shareholder proposals by utilizing a server data base. A web site enables any member share holder in a network of shareholder members to initiate a vote and allow all network members of the same stock, the option to vote for, against, or to abstain from the said subject voting process. All members of the network are updated about the progress of voting results as they occur. The system also provides means for the origination of a regulatory compliant corporate proposal while providing regulatory compliance information and a time keeping and notification function to assist in compliance procedures.08-04-2011
20110178852Advanced Voting System and Method - An advanced voting system is provided that includes one or more computing devices. The computing devices receive input of authentication data and utilize the authentication data to determine whether a voting session by a voter is authorized and to unlock ballot information specific to the voter or a group of voters. Furthermore, same device used to unlock said ballot information. In addition, the receive accessibility input data on the same device used to unlock said ballot information. In addition, the computing devices present ballot questions to the voter if the voting session is authorized based on the received authentication data and receive interactive voter selections from the voter. Furthermore, the system includes a record generator that generates records containing the voter selections.07-21-2011
20100017274Electronic Voting Terminal and Voting System - An electronic voting terminal includes: a display; a data input device; a biometric input device; a case having an open and a closed position, the case protecting the display, the input device, and the biometric input device in the closed position, the case making the display, input device and biometric input device accessible by the voter in the open position; a communications medium; a microprocessor to control the display, the data input device, the biometric input device, and the communications medium; and a power supply that accepts alternating current and provides direct current to the microprocessor The device utilizes the biometric input device to validate the identity of the voter, utilizes the data input device to receive the ballot from the voter, and utilizes the communications medium to transmit the ballot. A system for voting also includes a centralized computer and voter registration database.01-21-2010
20110307304CROWD-SOURCED COMPETITION PLATFORM - A crowdsourcing competition system is described herein that provides a reusable mechanism by which an organization can host a cloud-based crowdsourcing competition. The system facilitates identification of individuals, forums, submission of user-generated content (challenge submissions), automated scoring of user-generated content against test sets, automated outbound communication to participants, and web services for leaderboard functionality. The system provides workflows for users to submit submissions and for the system to receive and organize submissions. Thus, the crowdsourcing competition system provides a generic platform and automated workflow for holding crowd-sourced competitions and automating workflow of user generated content submissions.12-15-2011
20080262905Sports fan assocation business methods - Methods of conducting the business of an association of sports fans. The methods involve the use of direct member voting to control actions that are taken by the association and by third parties, and providing member specific information to members.10-23-2008
20120066032METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING ELECTORAL DATA AND ELECTORAL INTERFACES - Computer-implemented architectures and interfaces for providing a configurable electronic ballot for an election. Ballot interfaces that define a format for presenting ballot data to a voter are integrated with the ballot data using machine-readable metadata associated with the ballot data. Independent information agents may design ballot interfaces that incorporate sources of information that enable the voter to make less costly and better informed voting choices based on voter preferences. Decentralization of control over ballot interfaces reduces the election administrator's monopoly power over ballot information, thus creating a more robust voting information marketplace.03-15-2012
20120004953VOTING SYSTEM - A voting system having a controller connected to a plurality of voting stations and a public display. The controller stores, edits, and displays resolutions that are voted on. The controller also records, tallies and displays the results of the votes.01-05-2012
20130013380Online Application Combining Election Service with Social Media for Voter-Candidate Matching - An online application which combines election service with social media for voter-candidate matching includes a plurality of user accounts. The plurality of user accounts includes a plurality of voter accounts and a plurality of candidate accounts. Each of the user accounts includes a profile where the profile can be a voter profile or a candidate profile. The plurality of voter accounts is able to select a specific candidate profile from the candidate profiles, where the specific candidate profile includes a plurality of information. The plurality of user accounts also gets to compare different candidate profiles in order to gain a better understanding about the candidate profiles. The plurality of voter accounts and the plurality of candidate accounts are also able to gain a particular political view through a list of political questions, participate in daily political polls, participate in straw polls, and interact with other campaign related activities.01-10-2013
20120016723METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE SECURE AND VERIFIABLE CONSOLIDATION OF THE RESULTS OF ELECTION PROCESSES - A method and system for the secure and auditable consolidation of the results of an electoral process, in which local electoral authorities (01-19-2012
20090132351Transaction processing system - A transaction processing system for enabling users to authorize transactions, comprising: 05-21-2009
20120179515METHOD FOR PROVIDING APPLICATION AT DISCOUNTED PRICE THROUGH VOTING IN MOBILE PLATFORM - The present invention relates to a method for providing an application for smartphones at a discounted price. According to the present invention, a new model in which a game application for smartphones is interworking with a social network may be provided.07-12-2012
20120166255FIRST-POINT OF ENTRY (FPOE) METHOD FOR MULTIPLE SOCIAL NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS & METHODS FOR ENABLING USERS TO INTERACT DEMOCRATICALLY WITHIN OPEN GROUPS AND FOR MANAGING VOTING RIGHTS IN AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A First-Point Of Entry (FPOE) method for multiple social networks and systems & methods for enabling users to interact democratically within open groups and for managing voting rights in an online social network environment. When a user joins a new social network the FPOE system and method downloads the user's contributed information from a prior social network. The user's profile, connections and privileges from the prior social network are carried over to the new social network. Similarly, when a user updates his/her information, the new information automatically flows through the various social networks on the FPOE. Another aspect of the invention enables users to interact democratically and manage voting rights. A multilevel test is administered to new users to calculate valid points and various voting privileges are assigned accordingly.06-28-2012
20120173307Visualizing and Auditing Elections and Election Results - Described are methods, systems, and computer program products for auditing an election. A computer-readable image of a ballot is received. The image of the ballot is analyzed with a computerized image analysis tool to generate a ballot definition file associated with the ballot. The ballot definition file is validated. Validation involves comparing a predicted election outcome and a simulated election outcome based on tabulation of machine-marked ballots using the ballot definition file. Auditing an election involves comparing a predicted election outcome generated by processing voter-marked ballots with the validated ballot definition file in one vote tabulator and an actual election outcome generated by an election department using its own ballot definition file and vote tabulator to process the voter-marked ballots.07-05-2012
20120215593Computer Implemented Method for Scoring Change Proposals - A method for scoring changes of components of a concept by a group of evaluators in a collective decision process is presented. First, the level of disagreement with the components is collected together with comments indicating desired changes. The expected incremental decrease of the overall disagreement level achievable by a component change is computed for a given probability that a formulation can be found that is acceptable by both agreeing and disagreeing evaluators. Performing this computation for different values of the compromise probability yields a score indicating the expected incremental decrease in overall disagreement achievable by a component change. Additionally, the minimum compromise probability where an improvement is possible and the expected relative improvements are provided. Next, alternative formulations for the selected components are drafted and subjected to a second round of voting. For each component the alternative yielding the maximum incremental improvement of overall consent is selected, where the sequence in which the components are scrutinized is determined by the score computed in the first step. In this way, an optimal new version of the concept is produced.08-23-2012
20110184787Method, Apparatus and System for Monitoring Computing Apparatus - A system for validating electronic voting made via computer apparatus comprises a device configured to connect to the computer apparatus and store data output by the computer apparatus. A separate processing device is configured to connect with the device and analyse the stored data to determine the validity of the voting.07-28-2011
20100179864Multimedia, multiuser system and associated methods - A table system includes a touch screen having a touch detection surface and a display, and a computer. The touch screen serves as an input device for the computer and the computer is configured to supply a continuous video signal to the display. The touch detection surface is configured to receive an object thereon without interference with detection, to send a first input to the computer in response to a first touch the computer configured to perform a first action on the touch screen in response thereto and, when a second touch occurs at a different location on the touch screen while the first action is being performed on the touch screen, to send a second input to the computer in response to the second touch, the computer being configured to perform a second action in response thereto, so that first and second actions are performed simultaneously.07-15-2010
20100049597SUPERVISED VOTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention provides a supervised voting method for allowing a voter to vote under the supervision of a supervisor at a voting booth at which the voter can vote. The method comprises the voter providing identity information to the supervisor, the supervisor verifying the identity of the voter and sending the identity information to a remote polling administrator service, which determines voter specific voting options to be presented to that voter. The method further comprises the polling administrator service sending details of the voter-specific voting options to the voting booth, the voting booth displaying the voting options to the voter, voting booth receiving voting information from the voter, and the voting booth sending the voting information to a vote processor.02-25-2010
20120179514ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM - A method is described that involves creating a private key and a public key cryptographic key pair, generating a unique and random identifier for a voter's vote and accepting an election vote from said voter. The vote and identifier are electronically signed with the private key to create a digital signature. The vote and identifier are provided in a human readable format to the voter.07-12-2012
20120232963SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR VOTE TABULATION WITH AN ELECTRONIC AUDIT TRAIL - A system, method and computer program for tabulating votes and creating an audit trail is provided. A ballot processing device is integrated with a ballot box. The ballot processing device includes a paper feed mechanism, a computer, a ballot processing application loaded on the computer, and a digital scanning device linked to the computer. The ballot processing application provides instructions to the computer to initiate the digital scanning device to scan a paper ballot fed into the paper feed mechanism so as to create a digital image of the paper ballot. The ballot processing application also processes the digital image to establish a series of processing results defining one or more voting results for the paper ballot, and also an audit trail. The ballot processing application processes the digital image to define the voting results based on criteria established by election officials. The audit trail enables election officials to verify that particular paper ballots have been processed correctly in accordance with these criteria.09-13-2012
20120191510Music Portal System - Embodiments of system and method are described that may be used for providing an enhanced live music experience to at least one user in real time. In particular, the embodiments comprise at least one electronic device associated with the at least one user, a web portal and a web server associated with the web portal. The web server utilizes Global Positioning System (GPS) data and timestamps to determine location and login time of the at least one user. The web portal allows the at least one user to instantaneously tag the at least one track which is automatically time coded by the web portal. After crosschecking the user's location and time with a concert database, the web server sends a confirmation message including a link of the at least one track tagged to the at least one user. The at least user may access the link in future to preview, purchase and download the at least one track tagged.07-26-2012
20120259680Marginal Marks with Pixel Count - A system, method and computer program for tabulating votes and creating an audit trail is provided. A ballot processing device may include a paper feed mechanism, a computer, a ballot processing application loaded on the computer, and a digital scanning device linked to the computer. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to establish a series of processing results defining one or more voting results for the paper ballot, and also an audit trail. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to define the voting results based on criteria established by election officials, including ambiguous mark criteria. The audit trail enables election officials to verify that particular paper ballots have been processed correctly in accordance with these criteria.10-11-2012
20130173356SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURE VOTING - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for conducting an election. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for ensuring integrity of an electronic ballot. The method can include creating electronic ballots for voters based on votes received from the voters; digitally signing the electronic ballots; storing the signed electronic ballots; retrieving the signed electronic ballots from storage; verifying the digital signatures on the retrieved electronic ballots; and presenting the voters with validation pages derived from the retrieved electronic ballots, the validation pages including a user interface element for the voters to confirm that the retrieved electronic ballots accurately reflect their vote.07-04-2013
20120330732MOBILIZED POLLING STATION - A mobilized polling station is deployable for voting in remote locations. The mobilized polling station includes a mobile polling server that stores a voter registration depository identifying potential voters and a ballot repository of blank ballots for the potential voters. Various client devices, such as smart phones, tablets computers, connect to the mobile polling server for voters to enter their credentials, receive the appropriate ballots, and cast their votes. The cast votes are collected by the mobile polling server and then provided to an election center for counting. Versions of mobilized polling station can operate with limited or no power and communications infrastructure.12-27-2012
20110238463ELECTRONIC VOTE PRODUCING AN AUTHENTICATABLE RESULT - Method of authenticating and counting through a secure electronic voting system and electronic voting system implementing such a method. The object of the present invention is to allow: all voters to authenticate, anonymously, their vote or votes through the listing of the votes counted for the electoral result; all third parties: to count the votes through the listing of the votes counted for the electoral result and to verify the voting rights through the electoral list. The invention proposes that a unique and confidential validation code be generated for each voter of an electoral list (FIG. 09-29-2011
20110264489DUAL-CURRENCY ECONOMY FOR A VIRTUAL SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT - A system is provided in which at least two different types of currencies exist in an economy established for a virtual environment. A first currency is earned or obtained by a participant through activities performed while in the environment, and it is used to pay for activity fees and to purchase personal use items including but not limited to food, clothing, home furnishings, house pets, and event tickets. A second currency is limited in its use and is more difficult to obtain. The second currency is used to purchase infrastructure items for a particular town in the environment (e.g., new buildings, villager homes, or upgrades to existing properties). These two currencies are not interchangeable and items/property purchased by village contributions cannot be transferred between villagers.10-27-2011
20120330731System and Method for Processing Vote-By-Mail Ballot Envelopes - A system and method for processing vote-by-mail ballot envelopes is disclosed. The system comprises a processor operable to asynchronously process each of a plurality of ballot envelopes by (i) verifying that the registered voter associated with the ballot envelope is eligible to vote, (ii) verifying that a signature written on the ballot envelope corresponds to the signature of the registered voter, (iii) verifying that personal information written on the ballot envelope corresponds to the personal information of the registered voter, and (iv) generating batch information if the ballot envelope passes all of the verification steps or exception information if the ballot envelope fails any one of the verification steps. The system also comprises a storage device operable to store the batch information or exception information, as applicable, for each of the ballot envelopes.12-27-2012
20120150590Social network of political opinion and alternative virtual representation - A service, system and method for electing individuals to virtual political capacity, encouraging and fostering local, national and international political debate via social networking tools and allowing to hold elected officials fully accountable, as well as allowing for alternative governing bodies to exist in virtual format and when appropriate in quasi-virtual format that is transparent to all. The virtual office holders may assist in resolving local, state, national and international issues. Dynamic interactive voting and polling provide instantaneous visual results for all in real-time.06-14-2012
20110246262METHOD OF CLASSIFYING A BILL - Briefly, embodiments of a method of classifying a bill are disclosed.10-06-2011
20110264488Audition System - An audition system for general participation comprising a cell phone handset equipped with ID, an applications server connected to a network, such applications servers having a CPU which executes audition application and voting program, the aforementioned program, divides the review groups used as vote target which consists review by a vote of each stage of more applicants, the system program that assembles a group of applicants chosen by review of lower orders, then performs a higher level examination, and results in the final assessments, where a multiplex vote program of a first-in first-out (FIFO) system the performs higher level examination while continuing to review the lower level groups of whose numbers constitute higher level review group in an ongoing process at the same time the middle of review of lower orders gathered, a feature is included where the program removes the display of the review group for which review has ended.10-27-2011
20080221978Microscale geospatial graphic analysis of voter characteristics for precise voter targeting - An apparatus and method are provided for selecting a portion of a group of people who live in a defined geographic area that are more likely than the average population in that geographic area to perform a particular action. The apparatus includes a database for storing data. Such data includes indicia of: a group of people who live in the defined geographic area; the geographic location of the residence of each person in the group of people; and the propensity for one or more persons in the group of people who live in a particular residence to perform the particular action. The apparatus also includes a display for showing the relative locations of the residences in the geographic area and a visually recognizable indication of the propensity for one or more persons who live in a particular residence to perform the particular action.09-11-2008
20130179237Online Address Book System and Method - An online communications platform provides an online social networking address book. In some embodiments, the platform further provides one or more of group purchase of advocacy or other services, a crowd-sourced vote-counting mechanism for legislative issues, and support on target selection, tactic prioritization, fundraising, supporter recruitment, campaign marketing, and content creation and aggregation. According to some embodiments, an online communication platform may be realized as a computer-implemented method for communicating using social networks. The method may comprise specifying content for a message using a blast tool, gathering specified contacts from a plurality of social networks, and associating the message with the specified contacts. The method may further comprise formatting, using a formatting module, the digital content separately for each of a plurality of social networks, wherein the formatting is capable of altering the digital content based on a social network. The method may include transmitting the message to the plurality of social networks and saving a list having the specified gathered contacts.07-11-2013
20130144686ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM - An electronic voting system provides increased transparency to the public and verification for the individual voters regarding the tallying of their respective votes. A voting record can be made available electronically, thereby eliminating the need to provide a voter with a paper ballot. A voting record identifier is generated without use of, or reference to, voter identity. The voting record identifier is provided to the voter, such that the voter can access a record of his ballot selections and vote number sequence. In addition, a biometric authentication mechanism is provided to reduce, or eliminate, the potential that a voter is able to vote more than once.06-06-2013
20120259681Appending Audit Mark Image - A system, method and computer program for tabulating votes and creating an audit trail is provided. A ballot processing device may include a paper feed mechanism, a computer, a ballot processing application loaded on the computer, and a digital scanning device linked to the computer. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to establish a series of processing results defining one or more voting results for the paper ballot, and also an audit trail. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to define the voting results based on criteria established by election officials, including ambiguous mark criteria. The audit trail enables election officials to verify that particular paper ballots have been processed correctly in accordance with these criteria.10-11-2012
20100318411Community Philanthropy System & Process - A computer-implemented process and system for the distribution of resources such as funds to not-for-profit (NFP) entities or other organizations. The system may include a resource accumulation module for acquiring and keeping track of resources, a resource division module for initially determining what to do with resources that have been acquired, an education module for teaching users about the entities or their respective causes, an evaluation module for determining whether a user is eligible to vote on the distribution of resources, and a voting module through which users may choose the resource recipients. In one embodiment, resources may be obtained at least in part from the commissions generated by real estate transactions. In addition, users and/or voters may include students around the world, and organizations may include various NFPs, also located around the world.12-16-2010
20120284092COMPUTER METHODS AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS FOR VOTING - In one embodiment, a mobile electronic device at least having a processor programmed to acquire an access instruction to allow a voter to access vote issues; and execute the following code: to provide, to the voter, information identifying vote issues; to enable the mobile electronic device to transmit at least one vote of the voter, where the enabling is based on: a first software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device to present a first vote issue, a second software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device to receive a first vote from the voter, where the voter submits the first vote by a first single action performed immediately after the presentation of the first vote issue and without any intervening action, a third software instruction that instructs the mobile electronic device of the voter to transmit the received first vote from the voter to the computer system.11-08-2012
20130159069MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND RATING PROPAGATION IN VIRTUAL WORLD COMMUNITY - A method and system for monitoring and judging activities in a virtual world environment are disclosed. The method comprises a first user engaging in an activity in the virtual world environment, a witness witnessing the first activity and reporting the activity to a monitor as possibly malicious, and the monitor organizing a jury comprised of a plurality of jurors. The jurors view and judge the activity in the virtual world environment; and on the basis of this judging, defined benefits in the virtual world environment are awarded to the witness, monitor and jurors. The method may further comprise penalizing the first user in the virtual world environment. For instance, if the first user has friends in the virtual world environment, the penalizing may include penalizing these friends.06-20-2013
20130185122Virtual-to-Real Good/Service System Based on User Participation or Drawing - Exemplary embodiments are directed to determining an availability of an actual good and/or service based on activity of or with respect to a virtual icon on one or more webpages. The virtual icon can represent the actual good and/or service. The activity of or with respect to the virtual icon on the webpage(s) can be monitored and a determination of whether a conversion criteria has been satisfied can be made based on the monitored activity. The availability of the actual good or service can be based on satisfaction of the conversion criteria. In an alternative exemplary embodiment, a method of determining an availability of an actual good and/or service is provided based on a value of or with respect to a virtual icon on one or more webpages. The value of or with respect to the virtual icon on the webpage(s) can be compared to a value criteria to determine whether a value criteria has been satisfied.07-18-2013
20120029979DONATION PAGES FOR AN ON-LINE CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT - A method for facilitating communication between a candidate and at least one voter includes receiving at least one communication between the candidate and at least one voter, determining at least one jurisdiction for the communication between the candidate and voter, accessing a compliance database based on the determined jurisdiction, determining at least one compliance rule responsive to the accessing, comparing the received communication and compliance rule, and facilitating the transmission of the communication between the candidate and at least one voter based on the comparison.02-02-2012
20120072269Electronic initiative petition - Preferred embodiments of the instant invention are directed to a system, method and apparatus for providing an efficient means for qualifying a petition, referendum or initiative on a ballot on a network. Users on the network access the petition qualifying system via a user interface and requests petitions or initiatives in the user's relevant voting area. After the user has reviewed the petition, the user can endorse the petition by providing the petition qualifying system endorsement indicia. The petition qualifying system verifies the eligibility of the user. The petition qualifying system compiles the received endorsement indicia, and presents such indicia to the relevant agency to secure placement of the initiative on the appropriate ballot.03-22-2012
20130096992SHAREHOLDER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SHAREHOLDER MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - To promote computerization of exchange of various data, etc., between a listed corporation and its individual shareholders. An individual shareholder management apparatus includes an individual shareholder client terminal, an individual shareholder management server connected to the individual shareholder client terminal through a network, and a database group including an individual shareholder database connected to the individual shareholder management server.04-18-2013
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