Last updated on: 6/8/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Rush Holt, PhD Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (D-NJ)
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“In November 2004 as many as 50 million voters voted on electronic voting machines with no voter verified paper trail. The accuracy of the vote count in those instances can never be confirmed, and there was enough distrust of November’s election results that a challenge to the certificate of the electoral votes from Ohio was launched, heard and voted upon in Congress before the 2004 election was ratified.”

Frequently Asked Questions section of holt.house.gov (accessed May 4, 2006)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015-present
  • US House of Representatives for the 12th District of the State of New Jersey, 1998-2015
  • Introduced the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005 (H.R. 550) to require voter verified paper audit trails for electronic voting systems, 2005
  • Member – U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Member – National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century
  • Assistant Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, 1989-1998
  • Planned Parenthood Community Service Award
  • Biotech Legislator of the Year
  • Champion of Science Award, Science Coalition
  • Scientific American Top 50 Visionaries
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, New York University
  • MS, Physics, New York University
  • BS, Physics, Carleton College
Other:
  • Son of the youngest person ever elected to U.S. Senate
Quoted in:
  1. What Is a Software Patch?
  2. Do Electronic Voting Machines Allow for Meaningful Audits?
  3. Should Electronic Voting Machines Have Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?