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Govworks Votes In Election.Com

E-government application service provider govWorks Inc. Friday partnered with agreement with Internet election firm election.com Inc.

The two companies intend to provide online voter registration services through govWorks' Web portal.

The deal expands govWorks online aggregation of civic tools, while election.com increases its reach to a broader Web constituency.

Both firms set their collective sights on providing liberty, justice and content for online activists that want access to government officials and the U.S. political process.

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, govWorks co-founder and chief executive officer said its mission is to help governments facilitate relationships with citizens and businesses.

"Civic participation is an important part of this relationship and we are excited about the addition of the voter registration services of election.com to our portfolio of products," Tuzman said.

Along with online voter registration, govWorks offers a variety of e-government services including payment of tickets, bills, and taxes, access to online permits and licenses, and listings of contact information for elected officials.

Joe Mohen, election.com chief executive officer, said it's committed to expanding democratic participation.

"We are proud to offer our services through www.govworks.com, so we can reach out to the growing number of Americans who are choosing to take more active roles in civic life through online voter registration," Mohen said.

New York-based election.com provides public and private sector election services for political jurisdictions, associations, non-profit organizations, labor unions, credit unions, pension funds and corporations.

Since it started in February 1999, election.com has conducted legally binding online elections for trade associations and nonprofit organizations like the Sierra Club, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Being hired by the Arizona Democratic Party to conduct an Internet vote in its presidential primary was a big step for the Long Island company.

Moen said early speculation was that the first political elections over the Internet would be for village mayor or garbage collector. In fact, election.com ended up being part of this year's presidential election.

More than 86,000 Democrats cast ballots in the Arizona primary, about 80 percent of the vote was tabulated election.com.

To date, no deals have been signed to conduct international elections, or any other political elections in the U.S., but both firms expect that to change this election year.