How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections

Amazon | October 15, 2019

How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections
Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) cloud computing arm is making an aggressive push into one of the most sensitive technology sectors: U.S. elections. The expansion by Amazon Web Services into state and local elections has quietly gathered pace since the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. More than 40 states now use one or more of Amazon’s election offerings, according to a presentation given by an Amazon executive this year and seen by Reuters. So do America’s two main political parties, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the U.S. federal body charged with administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws.

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Government agencies are struggling to modernize and digitize their IT infrastructures and workflows. Surveys show that these agencies want to leverage innovative new technologies and empower mobile workers, but they're concerned about security and risk management, not to mention budgetary constraints.