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Verified Voting Foundation

Grants to Verified Voting Foundation

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — Founded in 2003 by computer scientists and technologists who were alarmed by the poor security of many electronic voting machines, the Verified Voting Foundation (Verified Voting) works to determine the security and reliability implications of emerging election technologies, reviews new commercial voting technologies and products, participates in standards-setting working groups concerned with election technology, reports on what must be done to secure elections in particular states, and develops and disseminates best practices for uniform protection of ballots so that reliable election audits can occur. Verified Voting staff participate in public events, work with members of the media to explain election processes, and provide private briefings to legislative and governmental staff. Without an ability to demonstrate that every vote is counted as cast, public trust in the electoral process is at risk; the long term intended outcome of this work is to maintain and restore trust in the election system in the United States by advocating for provably secure voting equipment and processes.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — Founded in 2003 by computer scientists and technologists who were alarmed by the poor security of many electronic voting machines, the Verified Voting Foundation works with election officials, technologists, the media, and the public to promote the accuracy, integrity and verifiability of voting machines and election processes. Verified Voting believes that if citizens can be sure that every ballot is respected, they are more likely to vote and to be satisfied that their voices have been heard.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — The Verified Voting Foundation works with election officials, technologists, the media, and the public to promote the accuracy, integrity and verifiability of elections, and to ensure that the voice of those who understand technology are at the table when decisions about the use of technology in elections are being made. Elections often turn on a few hundred votes, or fractions of a percent of the total vote, so malfunctions or deliberate compromise of even a small number of voting machines can change outcomes. This grant will support a nationwide effort to determine the security of election practices and voting machines now in use, and suggest appropriate remedies in time for the 2012 elections.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Verified Voting Foundation $900,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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