Last updated on: 2/28/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Herb Deutsch, MA Biography

Title:
Product Development Manager at Election Systems and Software (ES&S)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“I really feel that public misconception of the use of voting machines in elections and therefore their distrust of elections is as big a problem as attempting to improve the standards to improve voting system security… Somehow we need to reverse this public perception to reflect the reality that elections are conducted correctly, but do have occasional human error issues, and restore confidence in the elections process.”

In an email to a colleague, Sep. 21, 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:
  • Product Development Manager, ES&S and predecessor companies (an electronic voting machine manufacturer), 1976-present
  • Chairman, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) P1583 Working Group for development of a Voting Systems Standard, 2001-present
  • Developed first Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machine, the Video Voter, 1975
  • Recipient of 11 patents, including several on voting systems
  • IBM Outstanding Invention Award
Education:
  • MA, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, School unknown, 1961
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. If a Software Patch Is Installed, Are Electronic Voting Machines Re-Tested before Election Day?
  2. Did Electronic Voting Machines in the 2000 and 2004 Elections Give an Advantage to a Particular Political Party?
  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?