ElectionGuard, an open-source software kit Microsoft launched last year, gives voters the ability to confirm that their ballots are counted accurately. In jurisdictions using the software, voters will receive unique codes — which don’t reveal their choices — that can be tracked online as their ballots are processed and counted. Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president for customer security and trust, likened it to a ‘“tamper-proof bottle” in a May interview with NPR.

But the success of ElectionGuard is dependent on voting-machine manufacturers incorporating the software kit into their equipment. So far, two of the largest vendors of voting equipment — Elections Systems & Software and Hart Intercivic — have worked with Microsoft.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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