Microsoft Aims to Trial ‘ElectionGuard’ Voting System in 2020

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Microsoft wants to “fix” America’s voting system, by rolling its own “ElectionGuard” digital voting system out around the country, making elections “good for everybody.”

Mark Wilson, writing in FastCompany, described ElectionGuard’s physical voting machine as “something of a concept car for the future of voting,” as it is “mostly made out of off-the-shelf parts.” Comprised of a Microsoft Surface tablet and the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the machine does not require touch screens that may incorrectly register votes, as some voters claimed happened to them in the 2018 midterms.”

Tucker Viemester, the designer who worked with Microsoft on the project said the buttons are “good for everybody.”

“I think people are going to look at those big buttons there and think, ‘This is what I need to vote.'”

Microsoft plans to roll out the system in limited trials at undisclosed polling locations for the 2020 election, according to the report.

According to the report, Microsoft also aims to allow people to vote at home:

The machine also includes a QR code scanner, like what airlines use to scan your phone when you’re boarding a plane. With a QR code system, you could actually fill out your ballot at home, taking as much time as you like. Then you could generate a QR code that contains all your ballot’s data. When you get to your polling place, you scan it, the votes appear on the screen, and all you need to do is double check them.

Microsoft also plans to roll out the system globally. In May, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company’s ultimate goal is to “modernize all of the election infrastructure everywhere in the world.”

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Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News.



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