|Election Related Vendors and Non Profits
The Electoral Reform Society has an offshoot, Electoral Reform Services, who worked hand in hand with DRS, the voting machine company that ran Scotland's May 2007 election.
Ken Ritchie also sits on the Board of Directors for Fair Vote , the US non profit advocating for "instant runoff voting".
Fair Vote and the Electoral Reform Society "sponsored" a trip to Scotland for one of NC's top election officials , Johnnie McLean, who came back saying how well Scotland's May election went . (Even though the election was described as a "national humiliation". http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/article.php?id=2
The media described the election as a disaster:
Scotland rejected ballots now total 187,578 - BBC says worse than Florida
May 7, 2007 Not so much an election as a national humiliation
Scotland's voters were treated with arrogance and contempt
3.3.1 Experience of counting STV elections elsewhere led the Scottish Executive to examine the feasibility of counting the ballot papers electronically.
Following a procurement exercise in late 2005 DRS Data Services Limited (DRS) was selected as the preferred supplier to provide the equipment and support necessary to support such a process. DRS provided the e-counting services in the Greater London Authority / London Mayoral Elections in 2000 and 2004. DRS also involved Electoral Reform Services (ERS) in their proposals – ERS having extensive experience of STV elections.