Last updated on: 8/30/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Ellen Theisen, MA Biography

Title:
CEO of The Vote-PAD Company
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Errors and malfunctions are inescapable with electronic election equipment, just as they are with any other type of mechanical or electronic device. Failures of paperless Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) systems almost always leave unanswered questions.”

Myth Breakers: Facts About Electronic Elections, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • CEO, The Vote-PAD Company, 2005-present
  • Software technical writer, 1983-present
  • Founder and Executive Director, Voters Unite!, 2004-2005
  • Staff of VerifiedVoting.org, 2003-2004
Education:
  • MA, Religious Studies, Arizona State University
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Did Electronic Voting Machines Work Well in the November 7, 2006 General Election?
  2. Is There an Effective Method in Place to Assure the Accuracy of Ballot Definition Files?
  3. Are Electronic Voting Machines Accessible to Disabled Voters?
  4. What Is the Difference between Qualification Testing and Certification Testing?
  5. Is Qualification Testing Conducted by Independent and Accredited Entities?
  6. Is There an Effective Method in Place to Assure the Accuracy of Ballot Definition Files?
  7. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?
  8. Do Electronic Voting Machines Accurately Capture Voter Intent?
  9. If There Were a Power Failure, Would Using Electronic Voting Machines Be Possible?
  10. Is Logic and Accuracy Testing an Effective Method of Assuring That Electronic Voting Machines Are Operating Properly before an Election?
  11. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?
  12. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?
  13. Do Voters Who Use Electronic Voting Machines Find Them Easy to Use?
  14. Should Source Code for Electronic Voting Machines Be Publicly Available?
  15. Do Electronic Voting Machines Store Votes in a Manner That Preserves Voter Anonymity?
  16. Did Electronic Voting Machines in the 2000 and 2004 Elections Give an Advantage to a Particular Political Party?