Last updated on: 3/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Considering the difficulty of making touchscreen-type voting systems even tolerably trustworthy, it’s worth asking if they are actually the best system available for voting. CPSR concludes that these machines are not the best elections systems available, even with the addition of a voter-verifiable paper trail. A voter-verifiable paper trail transforms a dangerous voting system into a mediocre one. America’s voting needs can be better met by systems, such as optical scan, which have demonstrated a level of reliability and trustworthiness that touchscreen systems have never come close to, and probably will never achieve. Broken touchscreen systems must be patched-up, but it is better still to vote on systems that are not a patchwork in the first place.”

“Statement for U.S. Election Assistance Commission News Conference,” May 5, 2004, available on their website

Description:

A public-interest alliance of computer professionals and computer users concerned about the impact of computer technology on society

Mission:

“CPSR is a public-interest alliance of people concerned about the impact of information and communications technology on society. We work to influence decisions regarding the development and use of computers because those decisions have far-reaching consequences and reflect our basic values and priorities. As experts on ICT issues, CPSR members provide realistic assessments of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology. As concerned citizens, we direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of computing and how those choices affect society.”

www.cpsr.org (accessed June 16, 2006)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Logic and Accuracy Testing an Effective Method of Assuring That Electronic Voting Machines Are Operating Properly before an Election?