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Voting Technologies
June 1, 2007 Volume 37 Issue 2
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorLewis M. Branscomb

    Editor’s Note

    In February, we honored Bill Wulf with a symposium on a subject of his choosing, The Impact of Technology on Voting and Elections in the 21st Century. Bill has been a tireless advocate before Congress and the nation for improving our capability and increasing our knowledge ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorR. Michael Alvarez, Erik K. Antonsson

    After the 2000 presidential election, Caltech and MIT initiated the Voter Technology Project to address problems with voting systems.

    Shortly after the tumult of the evening of November 7 and the morning of November 8, 2000, the presidents of Caltech and MIT challenged us to solve the ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorGracia Hillman

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission was established in 2002 to ensure that elections are accurate, accessible, and auditable.

    American democracy depends on two things—citizen participation and fair and accurate elections—and both of these depend on how well elections are ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorDavid Jefferson

    The cause(s) of the undervote in the 2006 congressional race in Sarasota County, Florida, are still a mystery.

    On November 7, 2006, there was an electoral disaster in Sarasota County, Florida. Almost 18,000 people, about one in seven of the people who voted electronically, left the polls ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorRush Holt

    Our system of self-government works only if we believe it does.

    The presidential election of 2000 is still fresh in most of our minds, and—no matter whom we voted for—everyone agrees that the post-election spectacle and controversy left a black mark on democracy in the United States. ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorEugene H. Spafford

    For the good of the country, we need voting technologies produced and operated according to the best methods.

    Voting with assurance seems to be an obvious, simple concept. A registered voter should be able to cast his or her ballot with the confidence that the vote will be counted as cast. ...

  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    AuthorMichael Ian Shamos

    We have never encountered a security problem with electronic voting machines.

    Electronic voting has been in the news almost constantly since 2000, when the punch-card debacle in Florida caused a rapid re-evaluation of elections in the United States and fomented a revolution in voting processes ...