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The first Roll-Call® voting system was demonstrated to the U.S. Congress in 1922 by what was then known as the Thompson Voting Machine Company. Years later, founder of the company Marshall F. Thompson and his brother would form International Roll-Call® after innovating the voting process with a series of patents.


(Marshall F. Thompson demonstrating to the Virginia Legislature .)

Roll-Call® revolutionized the art of electrical voting in 1942, installing the first high-speed voting systems in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. International Roll-Call® pioneered the use of computer driven voting systems and the utilization of software programs to ease the growing administrative and clerical workload involved in the legislative process. With IBM's introduction of the Series/1 multi-user mini-computer, and onward to the birth of today's Personal Computers, International Roll-Call® has continued to implement the latest technology into the legislative process, thereby expanding the product line and power of total Legislative Management systems over large-scale networks.


(Virginia House chamber with IRC voting system installed, 1942.)

Today and for the past several decades, International Roll-Call® has provided Voting Systems, Companion Software and support to legislative customers throughout the United States. The days of bulky electro-mechanical systems are bygone, having given way to the computer age. Through the use of fiber-optics technologies, a robust and powerful multi-user system connects all of those involved in the legislative process in ways that, years ago, would have seemed impossible. Whether it's high-speed voting systems or legislative management software, International Roll-Call® continues proudly in the tradition of its innovative founders, not merely witnessing technological history, but making it.

 

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