Gerry’s extensive experience in elections includes work as Director of Customer Support for Elections Systems and Software’s (ES&S) line of Voter Registration Products. He managed pre-implementation data conversions, environment setup, training and ongoing post-implementation support for voter registration and electronic poll book applications.
“This experience will be invaluable to us as we support a growing base of electronic poll book customers,” said Mike Sibley, President of the Secured Elections Management division of Decision Support. “As more and more jurisdictions across the nation look at vote centers and super precincts as ways to reduce cost and improve the efficiencies of delivering elections, experience like Gerry’s will be in great demand. We are excited to have him on board.”
For the last 7 years, Gerry has served the North Carolina State Board of Elections working with the State Election Information Management System (SEIMS). In this capacity, Gerry was responsible for supporting and training the 100 jurisdictions that make up the North Carolina elections community. As he met with Election’s Directors across North Carolina, he designed and implemented training curriculums that allowed election professionals to better utilize existing and new technologies.
“Over the last several years, the budgets of Election Officials have been under attack like most other state and county agencies. Populations continue to grow and elections continue to grow in complexity as more voter initiatives reach the ballot box,” said Gerry Smith. “At Decision Support, I can continue to support elections by helping jurisdictions to explore the viability of new concepts like electronic poll books and vote centers. Both of these approaches greatly improve responsiveness to voters as well as reduce the costs of conducting elections”.
Bruce Wilkinson, CEO of Decision Support, sees the addition of Gerry Smith as expanding on a growing legacy. “Over the 26 years Decision Support has been in existence, we have thrived as a company because we have been able to provide software products that deliver positive results for our customers. Our electronic poll book is no exception. We have worked extensively with thousands of poll workers to make sure the software provided them a tool they could use – one that would improve their ability to handle difficult elections.”
Wilkinson said, “Gerry has extensive experience working with election professionals during numerous election cycles. It is this in-the-trenches experience that I look forward to mining for real world “gems” to enhance EViD’s capability”. EViD is Decision Support’s electronic poll book that utilizes its exclusive patented process.
Go to Decision Support’s website at www.decisionsupport.com to learn more on electronic poll book support and operation in vote centers.
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Founded in 1984, Decision Support provides data management, process management and reporting software products for our customers. Our product offerings include Electronic Poll Books and Ad-Hoc Reporting / Data Integration Engines that streamline data access and presentation to help our customers improve performance. We have experience helping banks, credit unions, insurers, manufacturers, distributors, healthcare providers and government (including federal, state and local) agencies improve different aspects of their operations.