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Voting Machines

July 31, 2015

New electronic voting machines are accessible to all voters, regardless of disability.

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BOB HIRSHON (host):

Building a better ballot box. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

For years, companies have been working to make voting machines reliable, easy to use, and with a paper record for use in recounts. University of Florida engineer Juan Gilbert also saw this as an opportunity to make voting machines that are standardized and accessible to everyone.

Juan Gilbert (University of Florida):

So even if you can’t see, you can’t hear, you can’t read, you don’t have any arms, you can still vote on the same machine as everyone else.

HIRSHON:

He and his students came up with Prime III, a machine that lets you vote by touch screen, voice command, joystick or even just blowing into a microphone. When finished, voters get a clear printout of their selections to check over. New Hampshire used the technology for the 2014 midterm elections, and later this year, the software will be offered free of charge, for any company, state or precinct that wants to use it. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.