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Microsoft and Hart Report Partnership to Make Elections more Secure

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Hart InterCivic reported a partnership to incorporate ElectionGuard software, developed by Microsoft into Hart’s Verity voting systems.  This makes Hart the first major voting machine manufacturer in the United States to provide verifiability to voters by allowing individual voters the ability to confirm their ballots were counted in an election and not altered.  The end to end verifiability enables independent election security experts to build verifier programs that independently confirm the accuracy of the overall vote counter for elections that incorporate ElectionGuard software.  “We believe we must constantly re-imagine how technology can make voting more secure and also more transparent, and this partnership with Microsoft is a strong step in that direction,” said Julie Mathis, CEO of Hart InterCivic. “The combination of Hart voting machines with ElectionGuard technology delivering end-to-end verifiability provides election officials the ability to offer more transparency to the process of vote tabulation. Hart’s integration of ElectionGuard into Verity builds on our existing initiatives, such as voter-verifiable paper trails, support for risk-limiting audits, and never encoding voter selections in unreadable barcodes, as part of our continued commitment to voting technology innovation that results in higher levels of voter confidence in the election process.”

“The team at Hart has done exceptional work to combine the benefits of a paper ballot-based voting system with the best the ElectionGuard technology has to offer,” said Tom Burt, corporate vice president of Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft. “We’re excited that voters will be able to experience the confidence ElectionGuard can bring to the process while voting on machines from a company that has been supporting elections for more than a century.”

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