Last updated on: 6/8/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

John R. Lott, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“It is remarkable that paper records with their history are now held up as the gold standard…Suppose that voters are given a chance to double check their electronic ballots and signal whether they are correct. If incorrect, the machine prints out a statement voiding the original receipt, and voters are allowed to vote again. If the programming fraud is rampant, as critics claim, a machine could simply void the paper record after the voter has left and then print out a new receipt.”

“Hacker Hysteria,” Washington Times, 2004

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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:
  • Resident Scholar on voting and legislative behavior, gun control, and crime at American Enterprise Institute, 2001-2003
  • Served as Statistical Expert for the minority report produced by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Florida 2000 Presidential election
  • Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Public Hearing on the “Help America Vote Act of 2001,” Dec. 5, 2001
  • Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Law,1999-2001
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law, 1995-1999
  • Duncan Black Award for Best Public Choice Paper, Public Choice Society, 1992
  • Chief Economist, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1988-1989
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
  • MA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
  • BA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Electronic Voting Systems Vulnerable to Hacking?