Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Christopher Dodd, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (D-CT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
  • Head Start Senator of the Decade Award
Education:
  • JD, University of Louisville School of Law, 1972
  • BS, Providence College
Other:
  • Youngest Senator elected from the State of Connecticut at age 36
  • Son of late Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT)
Quoted in:
  1. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Disenfranchise Disabled Voters and Language Minorities?