Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"This legislation [Help America Vote Act of 2002] would commit unprecedented new resources to improving and upgrading all aspects of our elections. In all, it authorizes $3.8 billion over the next three years to help states replace and renovate voting equipment, train poll workers, educate voters, upgrade voter lists, and make polling places more accessible for the disabled...New rights, new responsibilities, new resources. And with them, a new day for our nation's democracy. Almost two years from the 2000 elections, this legislation will help America move beyond the days of hanging chads, butterfly ballots, and illegal purges of qualified voters. It will make the central premise of our democracy - that the people are sovereign - ring even more truly in the years to come."
Press Release available on his website, Oct. 4, 2002
Experts Election officials, people with post-graduate degrees in a computer or political science, JD's, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, electronic voting machine issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator for State of Connecticut, 1980-2011
Introduced Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights (VOTER) Act, 2005
Justice for All Award, American Association of People with Disabilities for work on HAVA, 2003
Senate author of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), 2002
U.S. House of Representatives, 1974-1979
Ranking Minority Member - U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration which involves participation in hearings and oversight of the Election Assistance Commission and all issues concerning the administration of Federal elections
Senior Member - U.S. Senate Committees on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Foreign Relations Committee; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award