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Easy Conversation and EasyVote: CIE Connects Local Election Software Startup with Industry Veteran

by Nikki Kroushl on November 17, 2017

Conny McCormack, Charles Davis, and Diane Durance
Photos by CIE Media Team. Left to right: Conny McCormack, Charles Davis, and Diane Durance.

On Monday, October 30, the CIE’s Ocean Conference Room hosted yet another meeting. This one was a little different: Charles Davis of EasyVote Solutions, a Wilmington startup and one-time CIE tenant, met with Conny McCormack—a former top election official for San Diego, Dallas, and L.A. (L.A. is the largest county in the U.S., with over 5 million registered voters.)

EasyVote Solutions is a startup that develops a la carte software modules for the elections industry. EasyVote doesn’t deal with tabulation, hardware, or voter registration, but it helps in the process of running the election. Its modules include EasyPollWorker, EasyInventory, EasyCampaignFinance, EasyCheckIn, and EasyFocus.

Charles Davis, now CFO of EasyVote, was one of the first members of the CIE in 2013. While his cofounders worked out of Atlanta, Davis leveraged the CIE to make connections.

“The CIE helped introduce me to people,” Davis said, “and it helped get EasyVote’s profile up for the investment community.”

Charles Davis and Conny McCormack meeting

EasyVote “graduated” out of CIE spaces several years ago, scaling up and building relationships with 150+ elections offices (including those in Dallas County and Washington, D.C., both of which have huge voter bases). This year, TechCo named EasyVote one of its top 100 startups out of thousands of competitors from 43 countries.

Despite EasyVote’s size and success, it still gets a little help from its friends.

“I was at another conference, CED, and Diane came by,” Davis said of the CIE’s Director (who came to Wilmington long after EasyVote had left the CIE). “She offered to introduce me to a friend that she had who worked in elections. Come to find out it’s somebody with more experience in elections than anyone I’ve talked to in the past.”

With over 25 years of experience as a top official in elections, McCormack served as a great springboard for ideas. “With this software, you think, ‘Wow, that’s really going to enhance my election office,” she said.

“This business is very relationship-based,” Davis said. “So if I can build a relationship with somebody who understands the industry, and if Conny thinks we have something to offer, she’ll tell her contacts around the country about it. We agreed to stay in touch. I wouldn’t have made this important connection without Diane and the CIE.”

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