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Michael D. Byrne, PhD Biography

Professor of Psychology at Rice University
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"

“It has clearly been assumed by policy makers and others that DREs would be better than the paper ballots, lever machines, and punch cards they have been replacing. Our results indicate that performance on DREs in terms of efficiency and effectiveness is not better than with more traditional methods, and due to the high rate of postcompletion errors it may actually be notably worse. This finding replicated across all experiments and strongly shows that DREs do not necessarily lead to better voting performance as had been assumed.”

Cowritten with Sarah P. Everett, Kristen K. Greene, Dan S. Wallach, Kyle Derr, Daniel Sandler, and Ted Torous, “Electronic Voting Machines versus Traditional Methods:. Improved Preference, Similar Performance,” CHI 2008 Proceedings – Measuring, Business, and Voting, Apr. 5-10, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Psychology, Rice University, 2012-present
  • Associate Professor, Psychology, Rice University, 2006 – 2012
  • Assistant Professor, Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction, Rice University, 1999 – 2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996 – 1999
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Cognitive Science, Cognition, Psychology and Aging, Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Memory and Cognition, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Journal of the Learning Sciences
  • PhD, Experimental Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • MS, Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
  • MS, Experimental Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
  • BS, Engineering, magna cum laude, University of Michigan, 1991
  • BA, Psychology, University of Michigan, 1991
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Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  2. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?