Elections are among the most important administrative processes underlying our democracy, and they face an array of sophisticated threats designed to undermine system integrity and public trust. With AWS, election administrators and political campaigns are empowered to focus on the core needs of the electorate in a secure, scalable, and cost-effective way rather than building and maintaining the underlying infrastructure to support mission-critical efforts.

Over 5,000 government agencies around the world use AWS. In states and counties across the US, elections infrastructure and workloads of varying scope and scale rely on the services and support of AWS and its partner network.

The Center for Internet Security Stores and Analyzes Big Data with AWS

Use Cases

Election cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and data integrity are essential to the effective management of elections and campaigns. AWS provides an array of security services, including governance capabilities that enable continuous monitoring of configuration changes to IT resources. AWS also enables election administrators to host sensitive Controlled Unclassified Information, including voter data and other types of regulated workloads, at each stage of the electoral process.

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Election administration

Election officials work diligently to manage interdependent core systems and non-voting election technologies. AWS offers a wide range of services to accommodate core election applications and voter registration database requirements mandated by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). These fully managed solutions can be launched in minutes with just a few clicks. In addition, the AWS Database Migration Service helps guide your transition to the AWS Cloud in a supportive and cost-effective way.

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Voter engagement

As the demographic makeup of our electorate undergoes seismic shifts, expectations for levels of engagement and accessibility have also evolved. AWS enables election stakeholders to securely offer personalized omni-channel interactions by establishing a single source of truth. Validated information can then be disseminated based on voter preferences through multiple channels including web, mobile, social, email, call centers, text, Alexa voice, and others. 

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Registrar of Voters Office, Alameda County, California

Established in California in 1853, Alameda County is a socially and geographically diverse region with more than 1.5 million residents and 14 incorporated cities, including the city of Oakland, its county seat.

"Our AWS bill for running the results-viewer application on election night came to a grand total of $25. If we had gone the traditional route, we would have spent tens of thousands of dollars with no guarantee that it would even work. And we would have been paying for that infrastructure all year long.”

Tim Dupuis | Chief Information Officer and Registrar | Alameda County, California

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How AWS helps election administrators

  • Election Security
  • Voter Web Portals
  • Voter Database
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Automated Compliance
  • Election Security
  • Election Security

    We know customers care deeply about privacy and data security. That’s why AWS gives customers ownership and control over their customer content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine where their customer content will be stored, secure their customer content in transit or at rest, and manage access to AWS services and resources. AWS GovCloud (US) is available to government customers, organizations in government-regulated industries, and other private entities that meet AWS GovCloud (US) requirements.

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  • Voter Web Portals
  • Voter Web Portals

    Amazon Web Services offers cloud web hosting solutions that provide governmental organizations and non-profits with low-cost ways to deliver their websites and web applications. Whether you’re looking for a marketing, rich-media, or ecommerce website, AWS offers a wide-range of website hosting options, and we’ll help you select the one that is right for you.

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  • Voter Database
  • Voter Registration Databases

    Many Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers require a data storage and analytics solution that offers more agility and flexibility than traditional data management systems. A data lake is a new and increasingly popular way to store and analyze data because it allows companies to manage multiple data types from a wide variety of sources, and store this data, structured and unstructured, in a centralized repository.

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  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

    In cloud computing, hybrid cloud refers to the use of both on-premises resources in addition to public cloud resources. A hybrid cloud enables an organization to migrate applications and data to the cloud, extend their datacenter capacity, utilize new cloud-native capabilities, move applications closer to customers, and create a backup and disaster recovery solution with cost-effective high availability.

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  • Automated Compliance
  • Automated Compliance

    AWS allows for rules-based, automated compliance. When you are creating infrastructure for a particular project or campaign, you can create reusable templates that provide a consistent environment for development, testing, production, and validation activities. Once deployed, AWS has tools to continually test, monitor, and log events that occur. You can use these tools to rapidly detect deviations from enterprise policy and sound alarms when deviations occur. 

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Spotlight on elections: voting, cloud, and alexa

How can people vote? Where can they vote? How can we secure the polls? Election officials, candidates, and voters are balancing scale, security, and usability to modernize elections.

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Casting the vote for the cloud

Elections are subject to a rapidly changing environment, cybersecurity threats, limited resources, traffic spikes, and a running clock. AWS enables officials to leverage cloud to provide elections infrastructure so that they can focus on engaging the public and running elections.

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NIST cybersecurity framework in the AWS cloud

NIST CSF is a voluntary, risk-based, outcome-focused framework. It helps you establish a foundational set of security activities organized around five functions—Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover—to help you improve the security, risk management, and resilience of your organization.

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How the cloud modernizes and simplifies elections

“For us, the overarching feature of using AWS is reliability. On election night, I trusted that I wouldn’t have to worry about capacity or load, and could instead focus on delivering results.”

Marc Burris, Chief Information Office, NC State Board of Elections and Ethics.

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Our Customers

APN Government Competency Partners in Elections