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

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?