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DELEGATES AT THE 1992 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION WILL VOTE USING NEWLY-DEVELOPED TOUCH SCREEN-BASED ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM

DELEGATES AT THE 1992 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION WILL VOTE USING
 NEWLY-DEVELOPED TOUCH SCREEN-BASED ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM
 NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- When the 5,000 delegates gather at the 1992 Democratic National Convention (DNC), to be held July 13-16 in New York's Madison Square Garden, their votes will be instantly recorded and displayed on a newly-developed touch screen-based Electronic Voting System.
 On the DNC convention floor, 60 of these electronic voting systems -- developed by NCR Corporation -- will electronically link each state delegation to the podium. The delegate chairpersons will use the Electronic Voting System to record roll call and to record votes on platform and rules issues.
 At the heart of the systems are NCR 7054 Integrated Touch Screen (ITS) System, which will be equipped with two phones -- one providing a "hotline" link to the podium for official business such as voting and procedural questions, the other for calls to other delegates and to outside locations.
 "Delegates do not have to be experienced computer users to make use of the NCR electronic voting terminals," said Dick Cundari, NCR Northeast division vice president. "We have dispensed with the computer keyboard. To enter their votes, the delegates simply press boxes on the touch screen. If they make a mistake, the Electronic Voting system returns them to the previous screen and asks them, in a polite and friendly way, to try again."
 The Electronic Voting System will be connected to another NCR computer system to tally votes in real time. To allow new voting issues to be added at any time, the computer can be programmed instantly. Officials on the podium can immediately access the information using NCR personal computers and other peripherals.
 In addition, the computer will be tied to the Madison Square Garden's graphics complex facility, which includes TV systems, electronic scoreboards and a video wall.
 "The 5,000 delegates, 1,500 members of the press, and the American public will be able to experience a new human interface in the electoral process with the NCR Electronic Voting System," Cundari said.
 The 1992 convention's system builds on the computer-based voting solution created by AT&T for the Democratic National Convention held in 1988. The proprietary software written by AT&T specifically for the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) was designed to provide a user interface that is simple and flexible.
 The voting terminals to be used at the 1992 convention are adaptations of the NCR 7054 ITS open systems-based point-of-service (POS) retail workstations introduced by the company in May 1992. The terminal features an integrated VGA capacitive flat panel touch screen which provides higher resolution and better reliability than other touch-screen technologies. It is designed to guard against inadvertent activation. Using Intel's 80386SX microprocessor technology, the NCR 7054 ITS accommodates widely accepted industry standards and can operate with a broad array of other products and communications protocols.
 "This particular application of the NCR 7054 ITS is a precursor of the voting machines of the future," commented Cundari. "There is quite a bit of sophisticated technology hidden under the covers of this system that allows it to be extremely easy to use and highly reliable. The Electronic Voting System also illustrates how advanced communications and computer technologies can be combined to meet unique situations and customer needs."
 NCR, the Networked Computing Resource of AT&T, develops, manufactures, markets, supports and services enterprise-wide information systems for worldwide markets.
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