Enhanced Voting and Microsoft Announce Collaboration to Improve Election Technology
Jacksonville, FL (August 30, 2022) – Today, Enhanced Voting and Microsoft announce a multi-faceted collaboration around the shared goal of secure and accessible elections.
Enhanced Voting and Microsoft’s Democracy Forward team collaborate on hosting Enhanced Voting’s technology in Microsoft Azure’s cloud environment. Azure delivers unparallel productivity and provides comprehensive, multi-layered security, including the largest compliance coverage of any cloud provider. In addition, Microsoft provides Enhanced Voting access to world-class cybersecurity services for proactive security assessments and cyber-incident support.
“We are grateful for Microsoft’s commitment to providing secure and accessible technologies and their willingness to work so closely with us to continuously improve voting solutions and support for election officials and voters,” said Aaron Wilson, President of Enhanced Voting.
Enhanced Voting and Microsoft are also collaborating on ElectionGuard, a software development kit developed by Microsoft to provide voters and the public with the added reassurance that votes are counted accurately.
“Microsoft is committed to advancing increased security and accessibility in elections, which is why we’re excited to partner with Enhanced Voting across multiple areas, including hosting on Azure and the implementation of ElectionGuard across their Enhanced Ballot and Enhanced Results solutions,” said Ginny Badanes, Sr. Director of Microsoft’s Democracy Forward program.
Enhanced Voting’s Wilson recently participated in an event at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, that showcased the ElectionGuard ecosystem and involved demonstrations from Enhanced Voting, other election technology providers, and leaders in the security and accessibility communities.
Enhanced Voting has agreed to be the first confirmation code lookup provider for Microsoft’s ElectionGuard. The confirmation code lookup process is critical to the assurances that ElectionGuard offers. After voting, each voter will receive a code they can use to check their ballot the next day. Enhanced Voting will also host the ElectionGuard election record. The public availability of the election record allows the public to run a verifier application that uses a mathematical equation after polls close to determine if votes have been manipulated. Because of the encryption process, the equation will produce the expected result if no votes are altered. If the answer is different, it will indicate that election officials should double-check the election results using backup paper ballots.
Since 2013, Florida-based Enhanced Voting, founded by election technology and security expert Aaron Wilson, has worked with election officials throughout the United States to supply voting solutions that are secure, easy to use, and accessible to all. The company supports electronic ballot delivery for overseas military and civilians and fully accessible vote-by-mail for voters with disabilities. Enhanced Voting also supplies Enhanced Results, a comprehensive election results solution with Election Night Reporting (ENR), custom reports, state results aggregation and blended systems aggregation. The company’s state-of-the-art electronic ballot delivery and other election technology solutions have been used in election jurisdictions throughout states that include Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.