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Joseph Lorenzo Hall Biography

PhD Student at the University of California, Berkeley
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"

“It definitely improves the process remarkably for minority language voters, people with disabilities, election officials and voters consistently like using the machines. However, we have been too quick to embrace these aspects of the machines without also addressing their shortcomings and the lack of transparency that comes with them.” (Mr. Hall in a July 5, 2006 email to

“The move to electronic voting has placed limits and barriers on the ability of election officials and the public to oversee election technology and ultimately elections. As computers replace paper and pen, the functionality of voting systems has moved from plain view to closed quarters. The previously transparent and familiar process of voting on pen and paper has been enclosed by technology that creates barriers to public and official knowledge and evaluation of the voting process.”

Testimony before the California State Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment, and Constitutional Amendments, Feb. 8, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advisory Board Member, Verified Voting Foundation
  • Election Law and Policy Researcher, ACCURATE, 2005-present
  • Berkeley Edge Academic Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2005-present
  • Testified before the California State Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment, and the Constitution on open source software in electronic voting systems
  • Consultant to Electronic Frontier Foundation to develop information sheets on electronic voting machines
  • Member, National Committee for Voting Integrity
  • Outstanding Student of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, 2000
  • Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • MA, Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • BA, Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, 2000
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Is the Difference between Qualification Testing and Certification Testing?
  2. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?