Last updated on: 2/28/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Britain Williams, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Examiner of Electronic Voting Systems
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“On a DRE voting system the elector’s ballot is validated by not allowing over-votes and presenting a summary screen listing all choices and highlighting under-votes. The elector is allowed to change their selections as many times as they wish before casting their ballot. It should also be noted that the DRE voting system is the only voting system that allows the visually handicapped elector the opportunity to cast and validate their ballot without assistance.”

Comments requested by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission following Dr. Williams testimony, May 5, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to electronic voting machine issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to electronic voting machine issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Electronic voting systems examiner for Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Information Systems, Kennesaw State University
  • Consultant to the Federal Election Commission on the development of Voting System Standards (VSS), 1990, 2002
  • Chair, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Voting Systems Board Technical Committee
  • Member, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Project 1583 to shape standards for evaluation of voting equipment
  • Member, NASED Voting Systems Board
  • Member, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) for electronic voting system standards
Education:
  • School unknown
Other:
  • Testified before the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, May 5, 2004
Quoted in:
  1. Are Electronic Voting Machines Mechanically Reliable?
  2. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?
  3. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  4. What Is the Difference between Qualification Testing and Certification Testing?
  5. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  6. Is There a Method in Place to Make Sure the Electronic Voting Machines Used by Voters on Election Day Are Fully Certified and Identical to the Machines That Were Tested?