Kitchener, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 31, 2021) - Neuvote Systems Inc., the only online voting company secured with Microsoft's award-winning ElectionGuard, is pleased to announce the launch today of two pilots in conjunction with the 2021 Federal Election. Voters across Canada will have an opportunity during the Election period to test how online voting works and to join the community driven Civic Engagement Network recently acquired by Neuvote (formerly Allyus.org). This will provide a hub for local election information, polling, candidate contacts as well as other election related materials.
Civic Engagement Network
"Giving a voice to our voters and sharing ideas, information and concerns between voters and our municipal, provincial and federal governments is critical to further and strengthen our democracy," said Matthew Heuman, CEO of Neuvote. "That is why we are excited to provide access to our Civic Engagement Network. It is easy for voters to sign up at our website, www.neuvote.com, and learn about their local candidates, share ideas or concerns with the candidates, participate in polls on key issues and so much more."
Candidates in turn have the opportunity to engage voters, share their backgrounds and policy positions with the electorate, understand what the key issues are for voters through the Civic Engagement Network. "It is a community focused channel dedicated to streamline communication with voters, without the noise of social media," added Heuman.
Once the election is over, citizens and municipal governments alike will still be able to take advantage of the Civic Engagement Network to continue to communicate with each other about issues and share information and ideas.
"This pilot is intended to bring candidates and voters together to see how we can secure our democracy by giving a voice to the people. Democracy lies at the very root of how we built this system. After this pilot, Neuvote will take all the feedback and allow users to directly weigh in on new features, changes and even the governance of the platform itself," commented Heuman.
Neuvote is offering Canadians the chance to see how easy, accessible and safe online voting can be by participating in the company's mock elections being run prior to Federal Election Day, September 20, 2021. While not actually voting for candidates, participants can cast a mock vote for their local candidate on their phones to test how easy it is to vote by phone vs. online or in person. Voters will also have the chance to see how Microsoft's ElectionGuard End-to-End Verifiability is used and how it can increase trust, security and integrity in the Election process. All that is required is to register for the Neuvote trial at www.neuvote.com (Demo Sign-up button). Participants will be advised of the three-day window open for casting their vote, which will be close to Election Day.
"Most Canadians don't know that online voting has been available in Ontario since 2003, and in fact, 192 cities offered online voting as an option to their citizens during the Municipal Elections in 2018. Given the increasing demand for safe environments in which to vote and more accessibility and convenience on voters' schedules, we strongly believe online voting is a dynamic and growing vehicle for casting citizens' votes," commented Heuman. "Imagine the convenience of being able to vote from your own home or workplace or cottage."
Last year COVID-19 forced the House of Commons to build their own online voting system for parliament. The candidates who win this election will be voting remotely with that system and Neuvote wanted to give Canadians the chance to experience what it is like to vote from anywhere using the same technology the MP's will be using.
Neuvote is well positioned to provide governments with safe and secure online voting. Neuvote is the only company globally able to offer secure online voting by phone and computer, backed by Microsoft's award winning ElectionGuard security, a technology in which every vote is end-to-end verifiable.
"As a company, we are committed to making Democracy better, safe, secure and more accessible, so we are looking forward to the participation in our two pilots and encourage and welcome any feedback we receive," added Heuman.
Acquisition of Allyus Inc.
Neuvote also announced the recent acquisition of Allyus Inc. and its software team for an undisclosed amount. Allyus is a Canadian, non-partisan government technology company focused on improving communications between governments and voters. "The launch of our Civic Engagement Network was made possible by Allyus' unique democracy software and it's talented team. We are pleased to welcome to Neuvote, Benjamin Shahin as COO and Board Member (formerly CEO and Founder of Allyus) and Laura Garrett, as CTO (formerly CTO of Allyus). We look forward to collaborating on initiatives to strengthen our democracy," concluded Heuman. Shahin, added "Allyus was built to foster more transparent and accountable communication between government and citizens. Joining the Neuvote team was the best way to make this goal a reality and myself and Laura look forward to being a part of this revolutionary initiative."
Neuvote Systems Inc. is a full suite election management technology company that provides governments a cutting-edge, paper ballot secured, online voting platform. Backed by Microsoft's award winning ElectionGuard, it is the only online voting company bringing the gold standard of paper ballot security to the online voting industry. With a commitment to enhancing and strengthening democracy, Neuvote also pioneered a customizable civic management platform, Civic Engagement Network, to inform and engage voters and government officials before, during and after elections. Neuvote is a proudly Canadian company based in Kitchener, Ontario.
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