Last updated on: 11/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Ronald E. Crane, JD Biography

Title:
Software Engineer
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Existing e-voting systems easily might be subverted by their vendors, or faults used by others to cheat…This problem compels us to use only election systems that can effectively be supervised by members of the general public possessing ordinary intelligence, schooling, and common sense. Since e-voting systems can be supervised only by the tiny subgroup of citizens that is well-versed in computer security, we should not use them.”

“A Deeper Look: Rebutting Shamos on e-Voting,” Verified Voting Foundation website (accessed Dec. 2005)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Contributor, Open Voting Consortium (OVC)
  • Technology and Security Expert Member, Voting System Performance Rating (VSPR)
  • Software engineer responsible for designing and implementing major subsystems of the VAX/SVS security kernel, an operating system intended for use by intelligence agencies
  • Designed and implemented a realtime communications module supporting a nuclear power plant’s physical security system
Education:
  • JD, Boston College, cum laude
  • BS, Computer Science, Northwestern University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Disenfranchise Disabled Voters and Language Minorities?
  2. Could Electronic Voting Machine Software Be Programmed to Alter the Outcome of an Election?
  3. Do Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails Increase the Likelihood of an Electronic Voting Machine Malfunctioning?
  4. Are Electronic Voting Machines More Susceptible to Fraud Than Other Types of Voting Machines?
  5. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?