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ITIF Forum: The Future of Voting

Despite heated debate about the security and accessibility of voting technology, at the end of the day all sides agree that they want better voting systems. But what will the voting systems of the future look like?

At this upcoming ITIF Forum, the lead scientists of two of the most innovative voting systems will unveil their most recent research and provide attendees the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of their technology. These voting systems represent the latest advances in voting system security and accessibility.

The first voting system is Prime III, a secure, multimodal electronic voting system that takes a usable security approach to address security, trust and ease of use. The Prime III system has been referred to as the “Wal-mart of electronic voting” because everyone votes on the same machine equally. “It’s one stop voting for everyone. If you can’t see, hear, read or if you have a physical disability, you can still vote on Prime III.” Prime III also uses a unique voter-verified video audit trail (VVVAT) to ensure that all elections can be fully audited.

The second voting system is Scantegrity, a successor to Punchscan, the first voting system to offer fully independent end-to-end verification of election results. Punchscan is also the grand prize winner of the 2007 International Voting System competition VoComp.

In addition, Dr. Alec Yasinsac will present an overview of the Okaloosa Distance Balloting Pilot, sponsored by the Operation BRAVO Foundation. In the 2008 presidential election, approximately 2 million overseas military and civilian voters will be effectively unable to vote because of the slow and unreliable vote-by-mail process. The goal of this pilot project is to develop a reliable remote electronic voting solution for these voters.

The forum will conclude with a lengthy Q&A session where participants will be encouraged to play the role of a hacker and ask “what if” questions.

We anticipate this will be a widely attended event.

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, breakfast will be provided
Place: *Room 1310, Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.*


Operation BRAVO: Dr. Alec Yasinsac (bio)
Co-Director of the FSU Security and Assurance in Information Technology Laboratory (SAIT Labs), Florida State University (FSU)

Prime III: Dr. Juan Gilbert (bio)
T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor, Auburn University

Scantegrity: Richard Carback (bio)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Scantegrity: Jeremy Clark (bio)
University of Waterloo

Scantegrity: Aleks Essex (bio)
University of Ottawa

Scantegrity: Stefan Popoveniuc (bio)
George Washington University

Event Video

Link to Google Video


Operation BRAVO: Presentation slides (PDF)

Operation BRAVO: Technical Overview (PDF)

Prime III: Presentation slides (PDF)

Scantegrity: Presentation slides (PDF)

Scantegrity: Sample ballot (PDF)

Related Links

"Stop the Presses: How Paper Trails Fail to Secure e-Voting"
September 18, 2007
In this report, ITIF analyzes the arguments made by proponents of paper audit trails and debunks the myth that paper audit trails will secure our elections. ITIF advocates that the debate over voting technology should move beyond paper audit trails to a discussion of how new innovations can dramatically improve the ease and accuracy of voting. Specifically, the report focuses on new innovations in voting machines that offer “end-to-end verifiability” and explains the cryptography behind these systems.

"The Importance of Functional Standards to Promote Innovation in Voting System Technology"
December 11, 2007
Statement by ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on the importance of innovation in improving our voting technology. Specifically, this statement discusses the role of using functional standards, as opposed to design standards, to promote innovation in voting systems.

"Morning Edition: Shift Back to Paper Ballots Sparks Disagreement"
March 7, 2008
Listen to NPR’s coverage of the recent ITIF forum on the future of voting.