Revolutionary voting technology to be used for Orlando-based election

AUBURN – Prime III, a revolutionary voting system developed at Auburn University, will be used by the National Society of Black Engineers to conduct their national election March 21-22 at the organization’s 34th annual national convention in Orlando, Fla.

Developed by Juan Gilbert, TSYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at AU, 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 so they can vote.

NSBE will be using the Prime III technology for voting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 21, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Orange County Convention Center.

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.

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.

Contact Juan Gilbert at (334) 844-6316. To learn more about Prime III, visit http://www.primevotingsystem.com.

Contact: Sara Borchik, (334) 844.3591 (borchse@auburn.edu), or
Katie Wilder, (334) 844-9999 (wildeka@auburn.edu)