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School of Computing

Clemson leads accessible voting project

Dr. Gilbert

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has chosen a Clemson research team to lead a national effort to make voting systems more accessible. Dr. Juan Gilbert, an IDEaS professor and chairman of the Human-Centered Computing Division in Clemson's School of Computing, will direct a three-year, $4.5 million project funded by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to increase the accessibility of new, existing and emerging technological solutions in the design of voting systems.

Dr. Gilbert will coordinate commission research and training efforts nationally, as well as conduct research on voting technology in his Clemson lab. Dr. Gilbert's lab developed Prime III, an electronic voting system that combines the accessibility afforded by computer technology with old-fashioned simplicity, including a paper ballot for backup and verification. "Our research team is extremely interdisciplinary," says, Dr. Gilbert, "We have individuals from the social sciences, engineering and computing. We have experts in accessibility. We also have experts who deal with election administration, i.e. training election officials and poll workers." Dr. Gilbert's research team has created the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV).

Through the grant, the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV) was established to “advance the state of elections and voting through research, development, evaluation, dissemination and implementation of concepts and technologies that increase access to and participation in democracy.”

Dr. Gilbert is the developer of Prime III, an electronic voting system that combines the accessibility afforded by computer technology with old-fashioned simplicity, including a paper ballot for backup and verification. (See related video.)

Clemson World highlights the project in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue, page 4. Another article, published by Clemson University Newsroom, spotlights this impressive project as well.

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