Tom Burt, Microsoft’s customer security and trust CVP, said the first real-life test of Microsoft’s Electionguard voting machine software platform was a success,media reported. He posted on Twitter that the ElectionGuard encryption count was in line with the official manual count when he was electing a representative to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Fulton, Wisconsin, and that voters would then be able to verify their votes through the ElectionGuard app.
Although the software is currently only available in the ballot box for a few hundred ballots, it may soon be rolled out to other voting machines.
Voting machine providers Smartmatic and Clear Ballot have both announced partnerships with Microsoft, and Dominion Voting Systems says it is also exploring the use of the SDK.
It is understood that Microsoft platform through the use of homogeneous encryption for verification, in addition to the production of a separate count of paper ballots.