Last updated on: 2/14/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Dean A. Heller Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (R-NV)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“As election officials, our responsibility is to provide voters with the highest level of accountability possible that their votes are recorded accurately. The inclusion of a voter verifiable record assists in adding to the public’s trust in voting equipment. I am proud that Nevada will lead the nation by providing voter-verified paper record printers on our electronic voting machines, thus ensuring that the Silver State will produce the most accurate, most secure and most valid election results in the nation in 2004.”

“Certification of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail Printers Completed,” Nevada Secretary of State Press Release, July 16, 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:
  • U.S. Representative (R-NV), 2007-2019
  • Nevada Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer, 1994-2006
  • Mandated use of voter verified paper audit trail printers for all electronic voting machines used in public elections in Nevada, making it the first state in the country with this requirement, 2004
  • US House Committees – Natural Resources, Small Business
  • Assemblyman, Nevada State Legislature, 1986-1994
  • Founding Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada
  • Board Member, Western Nevada Community College Foundation
Education:
  • BA, Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1985
Other:
  • Third person to serve as U.S. Representative for Nevada’s 2nd District