PERFECT Project Background

We are building software tools for reliable paper ballot processing as well as developing frameworks for large-scale ballot studies, for examining usability issues involving paper ballots, and for performing reliable and trustworthy recounts of hardcopy election records.

Our work includes developing and testing software solutions for:

Some of the issues we are attempting to address include:

PERFECT is an acronym that stands for "Paper and Electronic Records for Elections: Cultivating Trust." PERFECT is a multidisciplinary research effort aimed at studying the reliable processing of paper ballots and other hardcopy election records. Participating institutions include Lehigh University, Boise State University, Muhlenberg College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Click here to return to the PERFECT homepage.

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PERFECT is funded in part by the National Science Foundation under award numbers NSF-0716368, NSF-0716393, NSF-0716647, NSF-0716543. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are the investigators' and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.