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Michael I. Shamos, PhD, JD Biography

Distinguished Career Professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"

“Electronic voting can be made reliable with a thorough combination of design, manufacture, certification, testing and rigorous administrative and security controls. The systems must be used properly according to stated protocols. If this is done, then electronic systems are far more secure than any systems that employ physical ballots.”

Testimony before the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Career Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Consultant on electronic voting systems to Pennsylvania Secretary of Commonwealth, 2004-present
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Privacy Technology, 2003-present
  • Nevada Secretary of State, 1996
  • Delaware Legislature, 1989
  • Statutory of Examiner of electronic voting, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (examined over 100 different electronic voting systems), 1980-1996
  • 9 testimonies regarding electronic voting systems before government entities, including U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Committee on Civil Rights, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and state legislatures of Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Computer Science: McGill University, 1979), University of Rochester, 1978
  • Fellow, Society of Sigma Xi, 1974-1983
  • IBM Fellowship, Yale University, 1974-1975
  • JD, Duquesne University, 1981
  • PhD, Computer Science, Yale University, 1978
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Quoted in:
  1. Do Poll Workers Receive Adequate Training to Facilitate Elections Conducted on Electronic Voting Machines?
  2. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?
  3. Should Electronic Voting Machines Have Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?
  4. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  5. Are Electronic Voting Machines Mechanically Reliable?
  6. Do Electronic Voting Machines Store Votes Securely?
  7. Could Electronic Voting Machine Software Be Programmed to Alter the Outcome of an Election?
  8. Are Electronic Voting Systems Vulnerable to Hacking?
  9. Should Source Code for Electronic Voting Machines Be Publicly Available?
  10. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Increase the Likelihood of an Electronic Voting Machine Malfunctioning?
  11. Are Electronic Voting Machines More Susceptible to Fraud Than Other Types of Voting Machines?
  12. What Are the Stages of Testing Electronic Voting Machines?
  13. Do Electronic Voting Machines Accurately Capture Voter Intent?
  14. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Disenfranchise Disabled Voters and Language Minorities?