This Voting Invention Would Help Jurisdictions Significantly Reduce Their Costs

Stephen Key, 2018-2019 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador

Contributor for Forbes.com

Some inventions nearly pull themselves to market. Others require persistence, ingenuity, and significant funding to push themselves forward. In my experience as a lifelong entrepreneur, several factors separate the former from the latter. Some inventions are simply before their time. When an invention cannot be explained concisely to a non-expert, difficulties arise. And finally, there’s industry itself. Just how competitive is it? Industries that are dominated by a few major players are rarely innovative, because they don’t have to be — they can rest on their laurels.

Fortunately, renowned computer scientist Dr. Juan E. Gilbert — chair of the department of computer & information science & engineering at the University of Florida — isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. He is the inventor of Prime III, the only open source voting system that has been used in state, federal and local elections in the United States to date. Other open source voting systems exist. What makes Dr. Gilbert’s unique is that anyone, including those with disabilities, can use it.

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