Prime III on display at NSBE national election

Published: Mar 20, 2008 7:16:37 AM
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Juan Gilbert

Juan Gilbert

Prime III, a secure, multimodal electronic voting system that takes a usable security approach to address security, trust and ease of use, will host the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) national election March 21-22 in Orlando, Fla. The election will be conducted using the Prime III technology, developed at Auburn University by Juan Gilbert, T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and his research team.

Subsequent to the debacle of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, it became abundantly clear that America's archaic voting system was in dire need of a major overhaul. Consequently, Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines were purchased by several states. The use of these machines has not been without controversy with respect to security, trust and ease of use. Professors and security research teams have found several vulnerabilities in current voting technologies.

In 2002, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was created to provide all citizens equal access to participate in the electoral process, regardless of ability. Prime III gets its name from the three voting methods it offers - voice, touch and both. Instructions are provided through a headset or on the computer screen. Votes are cast by touching the screen or saying a corresponding number. It is designed to allow everyone to vote, regardless of ability, and yet retain voter privacy.

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