According to Microsoft, “ElectionGuard will make voting secure, more accessible, and more efficient anywhere it’s used in the United States or in democratic nations around the world.” The company adds, “Among ElectionGuard’s many benefits, it will enable end-to-end verification of elections, open results to third-party organizations for secure validation, and allow individual voters to confirm their votes were correctly counted.”
ElectionGuard has not been designed to replace current voting systems, nor is it a machine. The idea is that it sort of supplements existing voting systems which means that voters need to familiarize themselves with a new system. Instead, the changes will be made to the backend where ElectionGuard will allow authorities to tabulate and store votes and audit them if necessary.
It will also allow voters to keep track of their votes securely and privately. “ElectionGuard provides a complete implementation of end-to-end verifiable elections. It is designed to work with systems that use paper ballots, supplementing today’s tabulation process by providing a means of public verification of the accuracy of reported results.” The software is expected to be piloted at the 2020 elections in the US.