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

Paul Boutin Biography

Title:
Former Senior Editor at Wired magazine
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

Many voters are wondering if they should be worried about the [electronic voting machines]. Unfortunately, the answer is yes…The electronic nature of the new voting machines, combined with their lack of physical audit trail for each vote, leaves a hole that crooks with inside access could exploit.”

“Is E-Voting Safe?,” PC World, June, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Freelance technology writer who has written articles for Wired, New York Times, PC World, The New Republic, and others
  • Silver Medal, ASBPE Awards for Excellence, 2005 West for article “Is E-Voting Safe?” PC World, June, 2004, 2005
  • Senior Editor, Wired magazine, 2000-2001
  • Software Engineer, Computing Devices, Inc., 1991-1996
Education:
  • BS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Are Votes from Electronic Voting Machines Tabulated?
  2. Do Electronic Voting Machines Prevent Residual Votes?
  3. Do Electronic Voting Machines Accurately Capture Voter Intent?