Fixing the vote – Aiming for 2004

In the wake of one of the most bruising presidential elections in U.S. history, Caltech and MIT are joining forces to develop a uniform, reliable voting system.

An initial grant of $250,000 from the Carnegie Corporation will fund efforts by a team of two professors from each school who are experts in technology, design and political science to develop a new voting machine to accurately count ballots.

The team hopes to complete a preliminary plan in six months and develop new voting machines by the 2004 presidential election.

The schools’ officials said the new technology should minimize the possibility of confusion on how to vote and offer a clear verification of what vote is to be recorded in future elections.

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