Patent Number: 6,311,190

Title: System for conducting surveys in different languages over a network with survey voter registration

Abstract: A system for conducting surveys to voters in multiple different languages and registering voters is provided over a network, such as the Internet. The system includes a programmed computer system representing at least one network server which provides an addressable voting site and registration site on the network, and a database storing voting information for building surveys in multiple languages and recording the results of the surveys, and registration information for building registration questionnaires and recording the results of the questionnaires. The network server accesses and updates the records of multiple tables of the database through a transaction server connected to the database. In response to a computer of a voter connecting to the network server over the network, the network server determines the language and country of the voter, and then dynamically constructs a survey in the voter's language in accordance with the voting information stored in the database. The survey is transmitted in a survey form page to the voter's computer which enables the voter to answer each question and to submit such answers back to the network server. The received answers to the questions are added to records in the database tallying the totals for each response answered for each question for the country of the voter, and the total number of voters answering each question for the country of the voter. A summary of the results of the survey for the country of the voter, or for other countries, is then constructed and transmitted to the voter's computer. The system may support multiple voting campaigns having surveys. The system allows voters, or other registrants, to register at one of the registration campaigns at the registration site, which may be linked to a voting campaign, by constructing a registration questionnaire based on the registration information stored in the database, and sending the questionnaire in a registration form page in the voter's language to the voter to complete and return to the network server for storage of the voter's registration data.

Inventors: Bayer; Leonard Robert (Rochester, NY), Mott; John Jason (Rochester, NY), Radielovic; Albina (Rochester, NY), Beer; Frederick Anton Eilers (Rochester, NY)

Assignee: Harris Interactive Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); H04J 11/00 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018