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Clemson University research team to lead accessible voting technology project
Date:6/7/2011

ity. The ballot is easy to count, easy to verify and can be read by optical character recognition."

Prime III includes advances in four areas:

  • Accessibility Voters can choose to follow written or spoken instructions; likewise, they can record their votes either by touching a screen or speaking into a microphone.
  • Security The self-contained software for Prime III is run from bootable DVDs. It never is reached online or downloaded to a local computer. Voters confirm printed ballots before they are filed with the electronic data so election officials can audit overall results from a precinct.
  • Usability The software was developed through years of usability testing using focus groups that included people with a variety of physical disabilities. That research will continue in larger public tests.
  • Privacy Even using the voice-activated ballot, voters don't have to divulge the names of the candidates they support. A series of voice prompts leads voters to say words such as "next" or "vote." Printed ballots contain no identifying information; stickers bearing authenticated serial numbers are applied to each ballot to ensure that only properly cast ballots are retained.


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Contact: Juan Gilbert
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864-656-4846
Clemson University
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