Microsoft Surface is being tested in Virginia as a voting device

Microsoft Surface is being tested in Virginia as a voting device
A Washington company called DemocracyLive is testing the Microsoft Surface as a voting device in Virginia. The company delivers electronic ballots and voting information to Virginia and other states. The tablet will be in one voting station in Charlottesville tomorrow where users can use DemocracyLive's LiveBallot app over the browser on the Microsoft Surface. In combination with the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud based system, voters use the tablet to vote on a virtual ballot, and then print it out where it is counted on a regular tabulation machine.

While the Microsoft Surface tablet being used for the test is the RT variant with an ARM supported processor, Democracy Live CEO Bryan Finney says that he will talk with Microsoft about using more Surface tablets for future elections and would like to use the Intel powered Microsoft Surface 8 Pro model. The test in Virginia is to get feedback from those who get to use the device.

Current computers in polling places are older machines with outdated specs which makes the speed of the tablet stand out. By time of the next presidential election in 2016, the speed of electronic balloting could be blinding. Consider where we were with mobile device speeds in 2008 and where we are now.

source: Geekwirevia WMPoweruser

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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6 inches 768 x 1366 pixels
  • Camera 1 MP (Single camera) front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows RT

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