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Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote

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Evoting in action

A smartphone app developed by a team at Rice University will allow voters to cast their ballots with their smartphones.

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Rice University researchers led by Bryan Campbell have designed an iPhone app that will allow voters to cast their ballots with their smartphones.

In testing, it usually took participants 90 seconds longer to cast their vote on the smartphone system. The trial involved 55 people ranging from 18 to 69 years old, with and without smartphone experience. Campbell says participants who were familiar with smartphones voted with a fewer number of mistakes, compared to selecting candidates on conventional voting systems.

Adjustments could be made to the app to reduce the time it takes to vote with the smartphone system, according to the researchers.

The use of smartphones to cast ballots could amplify the lingering security concerns about e-voting systems, but the team is aware of such issues and expects to address them in the future. "Some form of Internet voting seems inevitable and it follows that smartphones and other Internet-capable mobile technologies will play a role," Campbell says.

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