PhD Student at the University of California, Berkeley
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"It definitely improves the process remarkably for minority language voters, people with disabilities, election officials and voters consistently like using the machines. However, we have been too quick to embrace these aspects of the machines without also addressing their shortcomings and the lack of transparency that comes with them." (Mr. Hall in a July 5, 2006 email to ProCon.org)
"The move to electronic voting has placed limits and barriers on the ability of election officials and the public to oversee election technology and ultimately elections. As computers replace paper and pen, the functionality of voting systems has moved from plain view to closed quarters. The previously transparent and familiar process of voting on pen and paper has been enclosed by technology that creates barriers to public and official knowledge and evaluation of the voting process."
Testimony before the California State Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment, and Constitutional Amendments, Feb. 8, 2006
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:
Advisory Board Member, Verified Voting Foundation
Election Law and Policy Researcher, ACCURATE, 2005-present
Berkeley Edge Academic Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2005-present
Testified before the California State Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment, and the Constitution on open source software in electronic voting systems
Consultant to Electronic Frontier Foundation to develop information sheets on electronic voting machines
Member, National Committee for Voting Integrity
Outstanding Student of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, 2000
Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), University of California, Berkeley, 2005
MA, Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
BA, Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, 2000
"Transparency and Access to Source Code in e-Voting," accepted paper for USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic Voting Technology Workshop, 2006
Cowritten with A.M. Keller, D. Mertz, and A. Urken, "Privacy Issues in an Electronic Voting Machine," chapter in Privacy and Technologies of Identity: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation, Strandburg and Raicu, eds., 2006
"A PC-Based Open-Source Voting Machine with an Accessible Voter-Verifiable Paper Ballot," presented at the professional conference USENIX 2005, April 2005
"Towards a Privacy Measurement Criterion for Voting Systems," posted paper at the National Conference of Digital Government Research, 2005
Cowritten with D. Mulligan, "Preliminary Analysis of e-Voting Problems Highlights Need for Heightened Standards and Testing," paper submitted to National Research Council Committee on Electronic Voting, 2004