Apple’s iPads and iPhones Could Be Used in New Voting System
Researchers at South Carolina’s Clemson University have developed a new voting system that may one day allow voters to cast their ballots via Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad or iPhone, reports the Greenville News via MacDailyNews. The system was developed by a team of students led by Dr. Juan Gilbert, chair of the university’s human-centered computing department.
The program is called Prime III, or Premier Third Generation Voting System. It can be downloaded as an app to most types of computers and mobile devices, including Apple’s iOS-based products. Although the Prime III system would operate similarly to the touchscreen voting machines that are currently used in South Carolina, it would vastly increase accessibility for voters with disabilities.
“Prime III is the world’s most accessible voting technology ever created,” Dr. Gilbert told the Greenville News. “And we did that in our labs.”
The current voting system requires special machines for voters with disabilities. However, the Prime III system includes a built-in auditory system for visually impaired voters that would allow them to vote by voice. Dr. Gilbert and his team have also developed a program that would allow overseas voters to cast their ballots online. That system would utilize a video link that would allow the poll worker to verify the voter’s identity.