Last updated on: 8/31/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Maryland State Board of Elections Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“In elections as in every other aspect of our lives, technology is an important tool to improve processes and increase efficiencies. The impact of technology in election administration has been revolutionary and Maryland continues to be at the forefront in election reform and the use of technology to accomplish that goal…The November Presidential Election will be conducted in Maryland using the most secure voting system in the country. Maryland has led the nation in assessing the security of the Diebold AccuVote-TS [electronic] voting voting system.”

Progress Report: Department of Legislative Services’ Trusted Agent Report on Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting System, July 22, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

State administrative board tasked to ensure compliance with the requirements of Maryland and federal election laws by all persons involved in the election process.

Mission:

“The mission of the State Board is to provide all eligible citizens of the State convenient access to voter registration; to provide all registered voters accessible locations in which they may exercise their right to vote, to ensure uniformity of election practices; to promote fair and equitable elections; and to maintain registration records, campaign fund reports, and other election-related data accurately and in a form that is accessible to the public.”

www.elections.state.md.us (accessed Apr. 7, 2006)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is It Possible for One Person to Vote Multiple Times in the Same Election on an Electronic Voting Machine?
  2. Is Logic and Accuracy Testing an Effective Method of Assuring That Electronic Voting Machines Are Operating Properly before an Election?
  3. Is Transmitting Votes from Individual Polling Stations to the Central Tabulation Center a Secure Process?
  4. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  5. If There Were a Power Failure, Would Using Electronic Voting Machines Be Possible?
  6. Are There Sufficient Procedures in Place to Guard against Physical Tampering with Electronic Voting Machines?
  7. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?
  8. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  9. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  10. Is Qualification Testing Conducted by Independent and Accredited Entities?