This semester I’m very excited to be involved on a team working with Star Vote, a more secure electronic voting system that will hopefully be implemented in several counties in Texas and California by the 2016 Presidential Elections. There are several teams and professors at Rice University currently working on the cryptography and the back end of the voting system. Lucky for me, I get to be involved with the testing of this system.
First, the difficulties in this already lie in our user group and the severity of errors. Because any U.S. citizen over the age of 18 can vote, our system has to be able to serve almost everyone regardless of their experience with voting systems or experience with technology. Then voting errors can be extremely severe! Any miscounting, loss of ballots or general error could possibly change an election. Therefore, the system has to undergo rigorous usability testing in order to be airtight.
Here’s an article from Discover Magazine on our work and I will update this throughout the process.