Improving R.I. voting system is the focus of URI professor, students

THE RI VOTES project received a $226,942 grant from the the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s office, the URI College of Engineering, and a private foundation known as The Democracy Fund. Above, the projects research team, from left to right, Ahmad Siddiqi, Assistant Professor Gretchen Macht, Nick Bernardo and James Houghton. They are posed with a screen reflecting an image of a 3D mock-up of a polling precinct created by the team during their research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NEIL NACHBAR
THE RI VOTES project received a $226,942 grant from the the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s office, the URI College of Engineering, and a private foundation known as The Democracy Fund. Above, the projects research team, from left to right, Ahmad Siddiqi, Assistant Professor Gretchen Macht, Nick Bernardo and James Houghton. They are posed with a screen reflecting an image of a 3D mock-up of a polling precinct created by the team during their research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NEIL NACHBAR
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A $226,942 grant is aiding research being conducted by Gretchen Macht, a University of Rhode Island assistant professor of mechanical, industrial and systems engineering, and students to alleviate delays in the state’s voting system. “Every election is unique, making it difficult to plan for the next one,” Macht said, in a statement.…

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