Clemson University serves as the intermediary or primary recipient of the grant supporting RAAV. As the intermediary, the Clemson University team will administer the grant and conduct research on accessible voting technologies. Clemson’s contribution to RAAV research is a continuation of Dr. Juan Gilbert’s Prime III project.
Prime III is a universally designed proof of concept developed to allow universal access for people to vote by physical input such as touch or voice interchangeably. By universal design, we mean “an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation.” Its goal is enabling everyone to vote privately and independently on the same machine as those that do not have a disability.
Versions of Prime III have been used in multiple pilot studies with the blind, elderly, deaf, physically impaired and non-disability communities. More than 2,000 people have used Prime III in a mock election, research studies, or demonstrations. In 2008, the National Council on Independent Living used Prime III for part of their national election in Washington, DC. People who were blind, deaf, or had physical impairments voted privately and independently using Prime III.
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