Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project to host all-day event Election Integrity (9am-5pm)

September 16, 2011


Press release: Election Integrity: Past, Present, and Future

The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project will host an all-day event on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts entitled "Election Integrity: Past, Present, and Future." The purpose of the event is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the First National Symposium on Security and Reliability of Computers in the Electoral Process, which was held in Boston in 1986.

The panelists will look back at the issues that first aroused concerns about the use of computers in public elections a quarter of a century ago, then assess the current situation and future directions for enhancing election integrity. The goal is also to continue dialogues among all stakeholders in the election process, including election administrators, technical professionals, academics, citizens, and vendors.

A renewed focus on voting technologies and election administration erupted following the 2000 presidential election and the recount controversy in Florida. Since 2000, the focus of analysis has expanded to consider other vital aspects of U.S. public elections, including transparency and the public verification of election results.

The moderator of the panel on the past will be Peter Neumann, Principal Scientist at SRI International. Panelists addressing the past include Eva Waskell and Kurt Hyde, co-chairs of the First National Symposium in 1986; Roy Saltman, author of reports and a book on voting systems in 1976, 1988, and 2006; Douglas Kellner, Co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections; and William Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of State and a participant at the 1986 Symposium.

The moderator for the panel on the present will be Pam Fessler of National Public Radio. Panelists addressing the present include Pamela Smith, President of Verified Voting; Dan Wallach, Associate Professor at Rice University's Department of Computer Science; Ian Piper, Director of Certification, Dominion Voting Systems Corporation; and Carolyn Crnich, Clerk/Recorder, and Registrar of Voters, Humboldt County, California.

Panelists addressing the future will be Philip Stark, Professor of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley; Luther Weeks, Executive Director of and Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Coalition; Ronald Rivest, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County clerk, Austin, Texas.

MIT Professor Ronald Rivest will moderate a wrap-up session.

Admission is free, with pre-registration required. There will be a Q&A period following each panel. The public is invited to visit the following web site for more information: Click on "Read more" for the agenda and the link to register.