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

Kevin Shelley, JD Biography

Title:
Former California Secretary of State
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“I support a VVPAT [voter verified paper audit trail] not because DRE voting systems are inherently insecure, they are not, but rather because people understandably feel more confident when they can verify that their votes are being recorded as intended… I am a strong supporter of increasing voter access to all Californians, especially those who have disabilities, are illiterate, or who are benefited by having alternative language access. With the introduction of DRE systems, many of these voters can vote unassisted for the first time, and are finally able to cast a secret ballot that voters without disabilities take for granted.”

“Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s Directive Regarding the Deployment of DRE Voting Systems in California,” Nov. 21, 2003

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:
  • California Secretary of State, 2003-2005
  • California State Assemblyman, 1996-2002
  • Board of Supervisors, City of San Francisco, 1990-1996
  • Enacted legislation requiring all electronic voting machines used in California to have an accessible voter verified paper audit trail by July 1, 2003
  • Implemented the Parallel Monitoring Program to monitor electronic voting machines on Election Day, 2004
  • Admitted to California State Bar Association
Education:
  • JD, Hastings College of Law
  • BA, Political Science, University of California at Davis
Other:
  • Son of former U.S. Representative and San Francisco Mayor, Jack Shelley
Quoted in:
  1. 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?
  2. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?
  3. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  4. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?