Charlottesville, Virginia using Surface for US election on Tuesday

The idea of an electronic ballot box in elections is no longer part of a sci-fi future but a reality in many towns in the US. Now there's word that Microsoft's recently launched Surface tablet is being used in one US city as a test for collecting votes in Tuesday's election.

Geek Wire reports that a company called Democracy Live, which handles electronic balloting technology in a number of states in the US, will have the Surface tablet in place in one voting precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia. The tablet will have an app installed called LiveBallot that on Tuesday will let its users mark and then print out an election ballot for that particular precinct.

Democracy Live actually uses Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud-based system to collect its ballot information. If this test of the Surface tablet is successful on Tuesday, the company plans to put in more of these tablets in other voting locations. However, the company will wait until the launch of the Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface before going all out with its electronic ballot plans.

This is yet another possible way that Microsoft's new hardware product could be highly successful beyond the scope of the current tablet market.

Source: Geek Wire | Image via Geek Wire

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Great! Now we won't know who won due to "mysterious errors"... Florida you have been spared this year with the greatest foobar.

joep1984 said,
Virginia.

Why is one typo repeated throughout the article here on Neowin, but NOT in the original article?


Because Neowin hasn't been copy&pasting articles as standard for years.

GS:mac

duddit2 said,

Looks corrected, was it what I think it was?


URL will tell you.
Used to say "Virgina".

I don't get what's so hard about the name, keeping in mind it's not differently pronounced than it is written...

GS:mac

ccoltmanm said,
I'm conflicted here.

You shouldn't be. Electronic voting without a paper trail should never be allowed. However, if i read it correctly, they are only using the surface to print out a ballot that the voter completes on the surface, which is good. Paper trail. But they dont talk about how they tally it after?

linsook said,

You shouldn't be. Electronic voting without a paper trail should never be allowed. However, if i read it correctly, they are only using the surface to print out a ballot that the voter completes on the surface, which is good. Paper trail. But they dont talk about how they tally it after?

The way I read it is that they are using a web based system to collect the votes for a quick tally, and the machine then prints out a confirmation that can then be collected and counted later to ensure that the web tally is accurate. Seems like a good idea to me. Faster poll results and the peace of mind that a paper ballot fan provide

Well that was fast. Hopefully in 2016 when Bill Gates runs for President, he can be voted in on Surfaces across the USA.