Microsoft and Team Up To Provide Online Voter Registration on

REDMOND, Wash., and GARDEN CITY, N.Y., July 27, 2000 — It’s on every mover’s to-do list, but is often forgotten in the shuffle of changing addresses. Now, thanks to an agreement between the HomeAdvisor™ online real estate service, part of the MSN® network of Internet services and the Internet’s most complete guide to everything about the home, and Inc., the leading global Internet election company, registering to vote has just become as easy as a few clicks of the mouse.

As a result of the agreement, any eligible voter – including President Clinton leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or the average citizen simply switching apartments – can register to vote online at for the upcoming presidential election. The™
online voter services, accessible to U.S. citizens in the country or abroad, are the latest in a comprehensive list of useful tools and resources now available to consumers at . MSN, MSNBC and Slate® online magazine will also provide a link to the voter registration application on

Featured in the new Moving section of, will provide homeowners and renters with a quick, convenient and free way to register when settling into a new home (connect-time charges may apply). The technology used by simplifies the complicated voter registration process for citizens no matter where they live. Voters simply enter their personal voter registration information, according to federal and home-state requirements, into the registration application. Voter registration forms are then sent directly to users at their current address, preaddressed for mailing to the local elections office once the voter’s signature is on the form.

“Our mission is to make it easier for all U.S. citizens to take an active role in the political process,”
said Joe Mohen, CEO of
“The agreement with enables to provide registration and voting services to the millions of homeowners visiting, MSN, MSNBC and Slate magazine each month.”

Online voter registration is the latest addition to the information and dozens of moving and relocation services available on The site also includes an interactive Move Calendar, change-of-address tool and Insurance Center. was recently named the best home-buying site on the Web by Gomez Advisors Inc., in large part because of its comprehensiveness and superior user-friendly features.

“The agreement with was a perfect match for HomeAdvisor,”
said Sara Narbaitz, product manager at
“Registering to vote is inevitably on every to-do list when someone moves, and now consumers can register quickly and easily via HomeAdvisor, right from the comfort of their home.”

About Inc., the leading global Internet election company, provides public- and private-sector election services for governments, associations, nonprofit organizations, labor unions, school districts, credit unions, pension funds and corporations around the world. Committed to broadening voter participation in the democratic process, also provides online voter registration services that enable U.S. citizens, whether they live in the country or abroad, to request an absentee ballot and register to vote online . Named one of the top 50 privately held companies by Red Herring magazine, ( ) is headquartered in Garden City, N.Y., and has offices in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; London; Paris; Canberra, Australia; and Christchurch, New Zealand.

About is the Internet’s most complete guide for finding everything about the home, combining Microsoft® technology with services and expertise from the most trusted names in the real estate and mortgage industries. helps consumers address every home-related decision and will provide the guaranteed* lowest rates for mortgage loans. Named Best Home-Buying Site on the Web in the Gomez Summer 2000 Internet Home-Buying Scorecard and winner of the Inman Innovator Award as the best residential real estate site, is a PC Magazine Top 100 Web site, a Yahoo! Internet Life Best of the Best winner and one of its 100 Best Sites for 2000, and a Family PC Web Site of the Month. Launched in July 1998, can be found on the World Wide Web at .

About HomeAdvisor Technologies

HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc. is dedicated to dramatically improving the way homes are financed, bought, sold and maintained. Formed in March 2000 and backed by Microsoft Corp., HomeAdvisor Technologies consists of three divisions focused on delivering the tools and services necessary to revolutionize the real estate and mortgage transaction while delivering significant time and cost savings to consumers as well as real estate and mortgage professionals.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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