Beijing time on February 19, according tomedia reports, the small town of Fulton, Wisconsin, the United States became the first to try Microsoft voting software. On Tuesday, residents of Fulton used the technology during local elections. Microsoft’s software is designed to ensure the accuracy of ballot counting.
Microsoft’s software, called ElectionGuard, counts the number of votes and provides voters with a separate way to confirm whether their ballots are counted. Microsoft Research has developed an encryption technology specifically for the software, so other individuals can’t see the choices of voters. After the voter completes the ballot, the printer next to the voting machine prints a piece of paper showing whether the voter’s vote has been recorded and, after viewing it, can put it in the ballot box. In addition, the information will be recorded online and can be viewed by voters at a later date, but the site does not show that they voted for the candidate.
This test is just for Microsoft to get feedback. The company wants to know if voters like the voting experience and to make sure the software works the right way.
Microsoft hopes the software will be widely available and, if it fails to make it to the 2020 presidential election, it hopes to catch the 2022 midterms. (Line Cloud)