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Part of the Seattle skyline.

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system for roughly 1.2 million King County, WA, residents.

Credit: Chris Helgren/Reuters

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system for roughly 1.2 million King County, WA, residents.

Registered voters can cast ballots via their smartphones or computers by logging onto a portal, and verifying their identities by providing their names, birth dates, and signatures, which are checked against King County's voter rolls.

County officials said paper copies of electronically transmitted ballots are printed, in case a recount becomes necessary.

Some computer security experts consider the system too vulnerable to tampering, while supporters expect the technology to boost convenience and participation.

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