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

Douglas W. Jones, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Iowa
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“I cannot recommend large-scale funding for immediate modernization of voting systems across the country. To do so now would be to rush into the purchase of large numbers of [electronic voting] systems that…will be found failing by the standards we ought to have in place!”

“Problems With Voting Systems and Applicable Standards,” testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, May 22, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Iowa
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation’s A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Accurate, and Transparent Elections (ACCURATE)
  • Founding Member, Voting Systems Performance Rating, 2005-present
  • Advisory Board – VerifiedVoting.org, 2004-present
  • National Committee on Voting Integrity, 2003-present
  • Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Open Voting Consortium, 2003-2004
  • Member, Iowa Election Reform Task Force, 2001
  • Chair, Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems, 1999-2002
  • Provided testimony about electronic voting systems before the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, Iowa State Association of Counties, New York State Board of Elections, and Connecticut Voting Technology Standards Board
  • Member of several professional societies including Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
Education:
  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1980
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1976
  • BS, Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1973
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Store Votes Securely?
  2. Is It Appropriate for Private Electronic Voting Machine Manufacturers to Facilitate Public Elections?
  3. Is There a Method in Place to Make Sure the Electronic Voting Machines Used by Voters on Election Day Are Fully Certified and Identical to the Machines That Were Tested?
  4. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  5. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  6. How Are Votes from Electronic Voting Machines Tabulated?
  7. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?
  8. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?