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Senior Technology Executive Jack Blaine to take the helm at Sequoia Voting Systems

Oakland, CA, August 29, 2005.?
Sequoia Voting Systems is pleased to announce that Mr. Jack Blaine will serve in the dual role as President of Sequoia Voting Systems and President of Sequoia?s parent company, Smartmatic. Mr. Blaine?s leadership will follow the successful presidency of Tracey Graham, who has accepted the position of Managing Director within Sequoia?s former parent company, De La Rue, PLC, where she will also sit on the Operating Board.

?It was an honor and a privilege to serve as president of the nation?s most respected and innovative election services company during a time of unprecedented reform and improvement to the infrastructure that supports American democracy,? said Graham. ?I am excited for the new challenges ahead, but I will miss the sense of accomplishment and pride that is associated with every vote that is cast and counted through the use of Sequoia products and services. And of course, I will miss the unlimited opportunities that await Sequoia.?

Ms. Graham will depart Sequoia on September 8, 2005.

Mr. Blaine is the former Executive Vice President of Unisys Corporation, where he also served as President of Worldwide Sales and Services. Prior to his work with Unisys, Mr. Blaine served in management roles for the Ford Motor Company. In recent years, Blaine served as President of Smartmatic as the company became the global leader in the use of verifiable electronic voting.

?Sequoia is the U.S. election services industry leader in service, support and reputation,? said Blaine. ?We proudly employ the industry?s most dedicated and knowledgeable support team who work with so many capable state and local election officials.?

?Thanks in large part to Tracey Graham?s leadership, Sequoia is well positioned to support both the immediate demands of the Help America Vote Act as well as the many state requests for electronic voting equipment with voter verifiable paper records.?

Sequoia-Smartmatic are proven innovators with accomplished track records in the U.S and internationally. With nearly 100,000 DRE voting units in use and 20 million voters who have cast ballots using our VVPAT technology, Sequoia-Smartmatic has an extensive U.S customer base, unequalled election management expertise, unique engineering depth, ultra secure device and software platforms and a strong international election presence.

About Smartmatic

Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.

Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.

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About Sequoia Voting Systems

Sequoia Voting Systems is an American company, based in Oakland, California with a 100-year history of providing accurate, reliable, state-of-the-art voting solutions dating back to the nation's first lever-based mechanical voting equipment in the 1890s. Sequoia provides election technology, services and support to state and local government including precinct-based optical scan ballot readers, high-speed central count optical scan ballot readers, ballot layout and printing services, and full-face and paginating electronic voting equipment with optional printers that produce voter verifiable paper records. The company has hundreds of customers throughout 16 states and the District of Columbia.

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VP, Communications & External Affairs