GES currently provides comprehensive technology-enabled election services to organizations such as craft and trade organizations, labor unions, political parties, co-operatives and housing organizations, associations and professional societies, universities, pension funds and credit unions, and entertainment organizations.
GES senior management has been supervising elections since 1981, having managed more than Eight Thousand Eight Hundred (8,800) election projects involving over Forty Million (40,000,000) voters, certifying each labor election with the U.S. Department of Labor. The primary method of voting for GES elections is Paper Mail Ballots. No election supervised by GES or its senior management has ever been overturned by the U.S. Department of Labor due to any actions of GES or its Management team.
Our mission is to help our clients conduct efficient, accurate, secure and less costly elections with greater participation. As a viable independent third party managing each election, we work to increase methods and rates of participation while maintaining the One Voter = One Vote Integrity that our management team has been committed to for 40 years.
During the last 3 years GES, has gradually increased the size of the mail/absentee ballot elections having administered contracts ranging from $25k to $200k as it completed its proprietary Registration and Tabulation Software. Highlights of the last three years which show the depth and abilities of GES include;
GES administerring a mail ballot election for a International Union with a membership of members: 43,000, located throughout the entire west coast of the US and Hawaii, and foreign jurisdictions;
A local in Hawaii, which required GES to deploy 4 separate teams to 4 separate Hawaiian Islands with IT support, hardware and 18 trained staff to conduct simultaneously independent mail ballot tabulations.
GES further expanded its track record in the 1st quarter of 2020 by entering the private government election space when GES successfully completed the Statewide Presidential Primary for North Dakota Democratic-NPL. GES administered the statewide polling for all North Dakota residents who wished to vote in Democratic Presidential Primary by; managing a call center and processed over 3,000 mail ballot requests, set up equipment and trained Staff on our proprietary Registration Software for In-Person voting at 14 locations across the state, and processed over 14,000 ballots with our proprietary Scanning and Tabulation software system.
GES’ IT staff customized our proprietary Voter Registration software to ensure voters cast only one ballot, whether by mail or in person and set up secure servers that processed voter sign-in and digital signature capture in real time from a database of over 600,000 potential voters. GES trained over 100 volunteers, many with limited or no technology experience on how to use the system. After a short tutorial, those volunteers handled the increased registration volume with ease. After the polls closed and all the votes were cast, GES’ tabulation systems processed the ballots using our proprietary Scanning and Tabulation software system. The 2020 North Dakota Democratic-NPL Presidential Primary caucus had the largest voter turnout in over a decade.
GES has a strong longtime client base for its core business, and the software that will be utilized for government elections has been tested on the Company’s union business and tweaked to perfection. Decades of experience, strong track record and positive reputation make GES an attractive choice to be hired by Counties across the US and worldwide.
GES has developed and deployed proprietary Registration software, which was designed specifically to authenticate and register voters. This proprietary software functions as a data storage and retrieval registration system by cross-referencing eligibility status within a control voter database. In a mail ballot election, the voter’s ID barcode, QR code, or signature on the Business Reply Envelope, can be scanned and the status of that voter is identified. If the voter is not eligible to vote or another ballot for that individual has already been registered in the system, that ballot is marked VOID and removed from the count. In an in-person election, the voter provides their name for look-up in the system. If they have not voted, a signature box pops up on the screen, the voter signs an electronic signature pad and the digital signature is captured next to their name. If a voter tries to vote more than once, an alert will pop up indicating that the voter has already registered, and the voter will not receive an additional ballot. Because we account for every single ballot, the system has multiple reporting options, which include the list of valid envelopes and list of voters whose ballot was void, detailing the reason. Once the voter is authenticated, the identifiers are removed to ensure a secret vote and the ballot is scanned for tabulation.
GES developed proprietary Scanning and Tabulation election software. This software features advanced OMR/OCR/Barcode scanning and tabulation system featuring de-skewing, de-speckling and image correction. The computer hardware was designed to run without Internet or Wi-Fi access and is hard wired, ensuring complete security. The system allows for triple-auditing capabilities, which are; electronically generated tabulation results, .jpeg imaging and storage, and the original physical ballot. This advancement gives GES the ability to tabulate elections faster and more efficiently. As experts in paper/mail ballot elections, GES began deploying this system in our elections in the third quarter of 2017.
On May 20, 2015 the Company entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Blockchain Technologies Corporation (BTC). Under this agreement, BTC would have merged with a Company subsidiary GAHI Acquisition, and GAHI Acquisition, would have been the surviving corporation. As consideration for the merger, the Company was to reserve a number of shares equal to 1/3 the total issued and outstanding of the Company to be issued to BTC shareholders at closing. On October 20, 2015, the parties agreed to extend the closing date of the merger to December 15, 2015. This agreement expired on December 15, 2015.
Concurrently, on October 20, 2015, the Company paid $125,000 in cash to BTC and issued 1,377,398 of its common shares and 1,993,911 warrants to purchase its common shares at the exercise price of $.10 per common share with an exercise period of three years. The warrants have expired. The common shares and warrants were issued for the purchase of 1,000,000 common shares of BTC. Said common shares of BTC represented ten percent (10%) of the outstanding equity in BTC on October 20, 2015. The securities issued by the Company were issued pursuant to an exemption from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933. There has been no further activity in GAHI Acquisition Corp.
On March 28, 2017 the United States Patent Office issued patents to BTC covering Election Intellectual Property, US Patent #9,608,829, Issued March 28, 2017. As a minority equity shareholder in BTC only, GAHC and GES have not used the BTC US Patent. Any use of the patent would require a new negotiation, and new contract with BTC.
On June 19, 2019, GES Inc. signed an engagement letter with Blockchain Valley Ventures (“BVV”) of Zug Switzerland. Under the terms of the agreement, GES will pay BVV 50,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) and BVV will serve as an advisor in connection with a Voter Registration, Voter Authentication, and Voter Eligibility using a Blockchain Platform primarily covering the following matters:
This was delivered as a Working Paper discussing a high-level envisaged Blockchain platform, including a foundational flowchart, and implementation recommendation; BVV is a Crypto Valley, Switzerland based venture capital firm who consists of highly successful entrepreneurs, finance experts, blockchain technology experts and ICO experienced analysts and consultants. The documents created will be used by GES, to create a Minimal Viable Product. This Product, along with GES licensing rights on GES existing Registration and Tabulation Software will be owned by GES.
On June 27, 2019 BVV and GES signed and amended agreement calling for a $25,000 CHF Payment for the development and facilitation of an extended workshop with relevant and best in class third party blockchain technology companies, and a $ 25,000 CHF payment upon completion of the engagement. GES made payments of $25,000 CHF payment.
On September 12, 2019, representatives of GES attended a Blockchain workshop in Zurich Switzerland to discuss the specifics of using the Blockchain in the Elections Industry. GES representatives met with a Blockchain Technology Companies who have technology solution architecture and its requirements for the blockchain based on a voting registration platform. Currently this Blockchain Development is still being developed and GES and BVV are working on a Working Paper discussing a high-level envisaged Blockchain platform, including a foundational flowchart, and implementation recommendation.
GAHC, the parent of GES is a 30% owner of TrueVote Inc, through a repayable note. TrueVote, Inc. is building a comprehensive end-to-end, de-centralized, completely digital voting system. This will be based on traditional, proven database methodologies, and layered with a "checksum" that's posted on the Blockchain, proving all data is immutable and unalterable. This design will ensure that every vote is transparently counted and verifiable. TrueVote's approach is to first write and publish an extensive White Paper for peer review and start building the software based on the design laid out in the white paper. TrueVote's code will be completely open source, and TrueVote, Inc. will provide value-added services. TrueVote is led by Brett Morrison and Ped Hasid.
Brett formally worked as Director of Enterprise Information Systems at SpaceX. His biggest professional achievement though was as an e-commerce pioneer, getting brands online and creating a new channel for sales at the beginning of the e-commerce boom.
Ped Hasid's career started in his early teens interning at tech startups, while simultaneously attending school. Graduating UCLA with Magna Cum Laude Honors in 2007 he launched multiple successful IT service companies that leveraged his knowledge and expertise in information systems and custom turnkey solutions for a wide array of businesses applications.
Management believes there is a unique opportunity in conducting United States and Foreign Government Elections. GES’ senior Management teams’ primary business for 40 years has been mail/absentee ballot elections. The market for GES conducting paper/mail ballot elections grew exponentially in January of 2017, when first President Barack Obama, and then President Donald Trump designated US Elections “Critical Infrastructure”. The effect of these Executive Orders was to refocus the Department of Homeland Security, and the Elections Assistance Commission to reenergize compliance on US Government elections, and assist by making available resources such as intelligence, funding, training and best practices in election software and hardware, for all 50 States.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 into law, which included $380 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grants for states to make election security improvements. Among the authorized uses of the grant funds is the replacement of voting equipment, specifically equipment that does not produce a paper record or that is determined to be at the end of its useful life. Recent published examples are:
The opportunity for mail/absentee ballots became a page one story in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Subsequent accusations of voter fraud, compounded by President Trump declaring the 2020 US election voting as rigged and fraudulent, has led to almost 40% of the US Electorate believing the 2020 election was fraudulent.
On October 23, 2019, the Brennan Center has estimated that the national cost for some of the most critical election security measures to be approximately $ 2.2 Billion dollars over the next five years. The opportunity is even greater in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing requirements, voters should not be congregating at polling locations for In-Person voting. Mail and Absentee Ballot voting has emerged as a safe alternative to In-Person voting and which is a complicated process that requires a company like GES that has significant experience in conducting Mail Ballot voting to avoid problems.
In truth, every state has a vote by mail process right now. Voters may request an Absentee Mail Ballot from their County Board of Elections or a Vote by Mail ballot is sent. In either case, our proprietary registration and tabulation software has an immediate need. In the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, approximately 33 Million ballots were cast by mail making up about 25% of the votes. Most individuals think only of the Presidential election every four years as the Election. In reality, municipal Board of Elections throughout the US are conducting elections annually for such elected positions as; Governor, Mayor, City Council, State Assembly, State Senate, Members of US Congress (House every 2 years, Senate every 6) Civil and Criminal Justices, Sheriffs, School Boards, Village Trustees, etc. In short, most State and local municipal Board of Elections are in the market purchasing software and hardware every year.
In the US there are 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 19 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia, all of whom must buy updated Election Machines and Software. Each municipal county individually purchases election voting machines under the guidance of their own State’s Secretary of State.
In the United States many municipal counties require a certification from the US Elections Assistance Commission, who certifies election software and hardware for use in US Government Elections. GES is planning to submit software and hardware specifications in 2021.