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Unisys, Dell, Microsoft Create Voting Infrastructure

Swinging Chad’s fifteen minutes may be over for good. Unisys Corp. announced yesterday that it would partner with Microsoft Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. to develop a computer-based voting infrastructure.

According to the companies, the recent presidential election highlighted the need for reliable, modern voting systems, and an infrastructure based around Unisys, Microsoft, and Dell products provide an ideal solution.

Unisys e-@ction Election Solutions combine nascent technologies like smart cards, biometrics, digital vote recording, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server for a voting procedure intended to be secure and robust.

The state of Minnesota used Unisys technology to speed the reporting of presidential caucuses. Caucus votes were recorded and tallied via a computer system. A web-based reporting system allowed users to access the results in real time.

Many states rely on punch card ballots, which can fail to accurately record votes, creating election disputes. The companies hope to eliminate these disputes in the future. - Christopher McConnell

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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