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

David Mertz, PhD Biography

Title:
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Open Voting Consortium
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“There are several areas of concern regarding the new generation of computerized voting machines, including no means for the voter to verify that his/her votes have been tallied; no means outside of the memories of the voting machines themselves to audit or recount the votes; lack of ability to audit the quality of the software…; [and] vulnerability of the machines or of their supporting infrastructures to intentional attack or inadvertent errors.”

“A PC-Based Open-Source Voting Machine with an Accessible Voter-Verifiable Paper Ballot,” paper presented at USENIX 2005 professional conference, Apr. 2005

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:
  • Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Open Voting Consortium
  • Software Consultant/Developer, Gnosis Software, 1999-present
  • Member, Electronic Voting Machine Project (EVM2003)
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989-1990
  • Puryear Fellowship, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988-1989
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1999
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1991
  • BA, Philosophy with Minor in Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1987
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Store Votes in a Manner That Preserves Voter Anonymity?