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

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:
  • 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. How Much Does It Cost to Purchase an Electronic Voting Machine?
  2. Do Voters Who Use Electronic Voting Machines Find Them Easy to Use?
  3. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?
  4. Is Logic and Accuracy Testing an Effective Method of Assuring That Electronic Voting Machines Are Operating Properly before an Election?
  5. What Is a Software Patch?
  6. Did Electronic Voting Machines in the 2000 and 2004 Elections Give an Advantage to a Particular Political Party?
  7. What Are the Ongoing and Long-Term Costs Associated with Electronic Voting Machines?
  8. What Is Electronic Voting Machine Source Code?
  9. Does the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in Effect Mandate the Use of Electronic Voting Machines?
  10. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?
  11. Is Qualification Testing Conducted by Independent and Accredited Entities?
  12. What Is the Difference between Qualification Testing and Certification Testing?
  13. What Is Ballot Definition?
  14. Is There an Effective Method in Place to Assure the Accuracy of Ballot Definition Files?
  15. If There Were a Power Failure, Would Using Electronic Voting Machines Be Possible?
  16. Do Electronic Voting Machines Store Votes in a Manner That Preserves Voter Anonymity?
  17. Do Electronic Voting Machines Accurately Capture Voter Intent?
  18. Did Electronic Voting Machines Work Well in the November 7, 2006 General Election?
  19. Are Electronic Voting Machines Accessible to Disabled Voters?