Last updated on: 8/30/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Verified Voting Foundation Biography

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

[Verified Voting Foundation] is upset by paperless DRE voting systems because we know that even a beginning programmer can write code that displays votes one way on a screen, records them another way, and tallies them yet another way. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including software and hardware errors, or “hacks” installed into the voting machines. These problems can occur even when voting machines have been thoroughly inspected and tested. DRE systems experienced a number of problems already in the 2002 elections, and we see this only as the tip of the iceberg.

“Frequently Asked Questions,” Verified Voting Foundation website (accessed Mar. 23, 2006)

Description:

A nonpartisan nonprofit organization championing reliable and publicly verifiable elections.

Mission:

“The Verified Voting Foundation champions reliable and publicly verifiable elections in the United States. We advocate the use of voter-verified paper ballots (VVPBs) for all elections in the United States, so voters can inspect individual permanent records of their ballots before they are cast and so meaningful recounts may be conducted. We also insist that electronic voting equipment and software be open to public scrutiny and that random, surprise recounts be conducted on a regular basis to audit election equipment.”

“Frequently Asked Questions,” Verified Voting Foundation website (accessed Mar. 23, 2006)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Are Electronic Voting Machines More Susceptible to Fraud Than Other Types of Voting Machines?
  2. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?
  3. What Are the Companies That Manufacture Electronic Voting Machines?
  4. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?
  5. Should Source Code for Electronic Voting Machines Be Publicly Available?
  6. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  7. Is It Less Expensive to Conduct an Election Using Electronic Voting Machines Compared to Optical Scan Voting Systems?
  8. How Much Does It Cost to Purchase an Electronic Voting Machine?
  9. Do Electronic Voting Machines Prevent Residual Votes?
  10. Could Electronic Voting Machine Software Be Programmed to Alter the Outcome of an Election?
  11. Is Qualification Testing Conducted by Independent and Accredited Entities?