Information technology and business process services firm,
CGI Group Inc.
), recently received a contract worth $38.75 million from Calif.
Per the four year contract, CGI Group will be required to
implement a new centralized statewide voter registration database
system named VoteCal.
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Presently, the state uses a statewide voter registration database
system (CalVoter), wherein the information about the new and
existing voters is maintained separately. The CalVoter system
saves a copy of each county voter's registration data and updates
the data whenever necessary.
CGI plans to replace the existing system with VoteCal, a modern
technical software having added features to ease the process for
voters. After being implemented, VoteCal will be a single point
source for all official voter registration information which is
also expected to improve the efficiency of the voter registration
process. VoteCal will be connected to the systems of multiple
state agencies and the 58 county election offices.
VoteCal will feature a new public website within its system to
facilitate the common man to get himself registered to vote, thus
making the system easier and streamlined for voters. Therefore,
voters can now access this website to register online, update
their information whenever required and also verify their
registration details. In addition, the website will also enable
the voters to check for interim ballot and vote-by-mail ballot
status, which will improve the ability of the general public to
register to vote, thereby making it easier for voters to access
or update their voter registration information. Therefore,
implementation of VoteCal will not only improve the access to
vote but will also provide a platform where voters' laws and
voters' registration process can be worked out uniformly across
The new software is believed to help the state of Calif address
the objective of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which requires
all the states to have a centralized voter registration system.
Prior to this, CGI has been supporting the Californian
government's technology modernization projects through its
extensive information system. CGI currently carries a Zacks Rank
Other stocks worth mentioning within the sector are
CSG Systems International Inc.
), Innodata Inc. (
Lionbridge Technologies Inc.
). Each of the above mentioned stocks carries a Zacks Rank