Innovative voting system created at AU gets its turn on Capitol Hill March 6

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Juan Gilbert, TSYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, will present his revolutionary voting system, Prime III, to legislators, government officials and media on Capitol Hill next week.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, in room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Gilbert’s presentation is sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan research and educational institute whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally. The creators of two other voting systems have also been invited to participate in the forum.

Prime III is a secure, electronic, user-friendly voting system that integrates touch screen technology with speech recognition and video interfacing to provide all Americans with equal access to the voting process.

Among its unique attributes is Prime III’s ability to provide a voter-verified video audit trail to ensure that all elections can be fully audited.

“Essentially, if you are illiterate, cannot see, hear or if you have a physical disability, such as arthritis, you are still able to vote using Prime III in a private, secure environment without assistance,” said Gilbert, who refers to the technology as the “Wal-Mart of electronic voting” because everyone votes equally on the same machine.

At the ITIF forum, Gilbert will unveil his most recent research and provide attendees the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of his technology. The event will conclude with a question and answer session during which participants will be encouraged to play the role of a hacker and ask questions.

Gilbert, through his Human Centered Computing Lab, created the first version of Prime III in 2005 following the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002 and the debacle surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Already endorsed by leaders of the American Association of People with Disabilities, Prime III has proven successful as it has been used by numerous organizations throughout the country to assist with elections.

To learn more about Prime III, visit http://www.primevotingsystem.com/ . For more information about Juan Gilbert, go to http://www.eng.auburn.edu/~gilbert/.

Contact: Sara Borchik, (334) 844-3591 (borchse@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)