Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Kay Maxwell Biography

Title:
Former President of the League of Women Voters of the United States
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“At the 2004 Convention, the League determined that in order to ensure integrity and voter confidence in elections, the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) supports the implementation of voting systems and procedures that are secure, accurate, recountable, and accessible. The LWVUS neither supports nor opposes any specific type of voting technology and supports technical innovations.”

League of Women Voters of the United States email to ProCon.org on May 26, 2006

[Editor’s Note: Prior to the League of Women Voters’ 2004 Neutral position statement made above, Kay Maxwell’s position was Pro electronic voting machines as indicated in her public hearing testimony below.]

“DREs bring significant advantages to our election system, including improved access for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency; voter verification of ballots, including ‘second chance’ voting in private; safeguards against ‘overvoting;’ consistent and accurate counting of votes; and paper records for authentication, recounts, and audits.”

Testimony before the United States Election Assistance Commission, May 5, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advisory Board – New Voters Project
  • Testified about electronic voting systems before the United States Election Assistance Commission, May 5, 2004
  • Board Member – DC Vote and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • Women Who Make A Difference Award, International Women’s Forum, 2003
  • President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, 2000-2006
  • BRAVA Award for Career and Volunteer Accomplishments, YWCA, 1999
  • Citizen of the Year, Connecticut Secretary of State, 1993
Education:
  • BA, International Relations, University of Pennsylvania
Other:
  • 16th President of the League of Women Voters of the United States
Quoted in:
  1. Should Electronic Voting Machines Have Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?
  2. What Are Residual Votes?
  3. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Increase the Likelihood of an Electronic Voting Machine Malfunctioning?
  4. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Disenfranchise Disabled Voters and Language Minorities?
  5. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?