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Saber

Saber’s products include an Elections Management & Centralized Voter Registration system called Electus, a package that includes  mail-in voting software, voter registration, and database management. Saber has voter registration database contracts with Iowa, Mississippi, Maryland, Montana, Missouri, and Oregon. The company is solely owned by Nitin Khanna and his brother, Karan Khanna.


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By Warren Stewart, Verified Voting Foundation   
November 14, 2007
Electronic Data Systems, has announced the purchase of a majority interest in Saber Consulting. According to an EDS press release, EDS has agreed to purchase an approximate 93 percent equity interest in Saber Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of software and services to U.S. state governments, from various sellers, including majority shareholder Accel-KKR, for approximately $420 million in cash. Saber’s Chief Executive Officer Nitin Khanna and President and Chief Operating Officer Karan Khanna will retain an approximate 7 percent interest in Saber and continue to lead the company following the closing.

Based in Portland, OR, Saber was founded in 1997 and provides software and services for state and local government entities is 35 states, and has more than doubled its revenue each year since 2004. Saber’s Voter Registration & Election Management software, Electus, was designed specifically for compliance with the Help America Vote Act Section 303 requirements for statewide registration databases. According to VotingIndustry.com Saber has developed voter registration databases for Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and has a contract pending in New York.

EDS was established in 1962 by former presidential candidate Ross Perot. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, General Motors acquired the company in 1984 and it then became an independent company again in 1996. In 2006, it employed 117,000 people located in 58 countries and reported revenues of US$19.8 billion. EDS is ranked as one of the largest services companies on the Fortune 500 list.
Oregon to Have Voter Database Soon PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Peter Wong, Statesman Jornal (Salem OR)   
December 21, 2005
Effort is aimed at preventing duplicate votes in mail ballots

This article was orignally published in the Statesman Journal on December 18, 2005. It is reposted with permission of the author and the Statesman Journal.

Oregon is ready to join the ranks of states with a statewide database of registered voters.

One-third of the states could miss the New Year's Day deadline to meet the federal requirement, which was set by a 2002 law known as the Help America Vote Act.

The law required states to upgrade their registration and balloting systems. It was prompted by problems during the 2000 presidential election with ballots cast and counted, especially in Florida.

Under Oregon's old county-by-county system, a voter could have an active registration in two counties -- and possibly receive two mail-in ballots -- until elections officials in the voter's new home county cancel the old registration. A voter can cast only one ballot.

Investigations in Oregon turned up few instances of duplicate voting in 2000, the state's first general election conducted entirely by mail, despite critics' assertions of widespread abuse.

"We have not found historical problems with duplicate voting. They have been isolated cases," said John Lindback, the state Elections Division director since May 2001. "But the public and Legislature felt the system was vulnerable, and it is important that we cut down on the opportunities for that to happen."

Under the new statewide system, voter information is updated as county elections officials enter it. Oregon's 36 counties will continue to register voters, although the secretary of state is the state's chief elections officer. Marion County will be the final one to join the system.
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Saber Consulting Management Team PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Saber Consulting   
December 16, 2005
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Nitin Khanna, President and CEO
Mr. Nitin Khanna is founder, president, and CEO of Saber Consulting. With personal ownership of overall quality and customer service, Mr. Khanna has overseen annual growth of over 40% in both revenue and profit since he started the company in 1997. Mr. Khanna is quite active in the civic community. His work with the Urban League of Portland (as a Board member), Portland Children’s Museum, Salem Area Youth Golf, and other organizations helped him win the “40 under 40 in Portland” award from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

Prior to Saber, Mr.Khanna was employed by Oracle Corporation where he held a number of senior technical positions in both the consulting and training organizations. Mr. Khanna has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

Karan Khanna, Chief Operating Officer
Karan Khanna, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Karan Khanna is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Saber Consulting. He ensures on-time, on-budget delivery of products to customers, customer satisfaction with Saber services and also provides executive oversight over corporate operational issues. He is heavily involved in overseeing the recruiting, hiring, and performance management of all Saber consultants to ensure both client and employee satisfaction. He manages Saber’s Dynamic Resource Allocation Method™ (DRAM), which ensures that all Saber consultants perfectly meet the client’s needs.

Before founding Saber Consulting, Mr. Khanna co-founded Evergreen PolyProducts Pvt. Ltd. and was an Executive Director responsible for Operations and Quality Control for this polypropylene manufacturing plant. Mr. Khanna has a Bachelor of Commerce from Kurukshetra University in India. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Mohamad Kahlout (PMP), Senior Vice President
Mr. Kahlout is Senior Vice President in charge of executive oversight of the Elections Management practice nationwide. Equipped with his fifteen years of professional hands-on IT experience and successful technology project management, he oversees the execution of client projects, ensuring their adherence to on-time, on-budget and on-scope. In addition to being responsible for client satisfaction with respect to the delivery of Saber’s services, Mr. Kahlout provides technical architecture, application design, and quality assurance services to clients. His expertise includes project management, enterprise data modeling and large system requirements analysis.


Mr. Kahlout has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration at Marylhurst University in Oregon.

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Iowa Announces Selection of Saber Consulting to Provide Voter Registration System PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Saber Media Release   
January 25, 2005
(Des Moines, IA - link to media release) -- Secretary of State Chet Culver announced Jan. 25 that the State of Iowa has finalized a $4.1 million award of a contract with a software development firm hired to transform Iowa's voter registration system.

Money to fund the contract, awarded to Saber Consulting of Salem, Ore., comes mostly from federal dollars given to Iowa as part of a national effort to reform election systems. The federal legislation, known as the Help American Vote Act (HAVA), requires all states to develop statewide voter registration systems so that voter data can be managed more quickly and accurately.

Culver said a voter system evaluation committee that included county election officials selected Saber's contract proposal over those submitted by three other companies. The committee cited Saber's ability to meet all technical specifications defined to meet Iowa-specific needs and an implementation deadline of January 1, 2006. Bids from competing companies ranged in costs from $4.1 million to $7.4 million.
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