The Usability and Security of Electronic Voting Systems Workshop

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The Usability and Security of Electronic Voting Systems
The 2000 presidential election was a catalyst for major election reform.  In response, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and many new voting systems were introduced, creating new challenges for election officials.  Only recently have we begun to understand the impact of these changes on voter experience. Ranging from paper ballot/optical scan systems to direct recording electronic systems (DREs), the usability of these different systems affects voter satisfaction, need for assistance, and voter accuracy. They also raise questions about voter security and verification. This workshop will present reflections from election officials and cutting edge research. This workshop sponsored by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, will present reflections from election officials and cutting edge research.
 

The goal of this paper is to enable us to select the most appropriate participants for the workshop, and to enable us all to know who is attending. As such, we will put them on the workshop website.

Attendee List

 

Tentative Workshop Schedule:

 

10am

Welcome, Paul S. Herrnson, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland

10:15am  -
11: 15
Panel: Contemporary Challenges with Voting
Chair:
Linda Lamone, Director of Elections, Maryland
The View from the Field: Some Reflections from Election Officials, Pedro Cortes, Secretary of State, Pennsylvania, Linda Lamone, Director of Elections, Maryland

Human-Computer Interaction Experts Assess the Usability of Voting Systems, Benjamin B. Bederson, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland

The Results of a Laboratory Study of Voting Systems, Frederick G. Conrad, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

 

11:30am

Panel: Voter Satisfaction and Assistance

Chair: Rebecca Vigil-Giron, Secretary of State, New Mexico

Voter Satisfaction and the Need for Help: Results from a Field Study, Richard G. Niemi, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester

Public Awareness and Impressions of Voting Systems and Vote Verification Systems, Donald F. Norris, Maryland Institute for Public Policy Research, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

 

12:30pm Lunch 

Keynote - Chairman Paul S. DeGregorio, US Elections Assistance Commission

 

2:00pm

Panel: Accuracy & Verification
Chair:
Michael Shamos, Co-Director, Institute for eCommerce, Carnegie Melon University

The Importance of Vote Verification from a Security Perspective, David L. Dill, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Voters’ Abilities to Cast their Votes as Intended: Results from a Field Study, Paul S. Herrnson, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland

The Impact of Verification Systems, Michael J. Hanmer, Department of Government, Georgetown University

 
3:15pm-
3:30
BREAK

3:30pm

The Impact of  Changing Voting Systems
Chair:
Kevin Kennedy, Director of Elections, Wisconsin State Elections Board

The Impact of Changing Voting Systems: Lessons Learned from Florida and Michigan, Michael Traugott, Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan
Let's Not Forget About Accuracy: Lessons Learned from Studying Residual Vote Rates, Henry Brady, University of California, Berkeley

 

4:30pm –
5:30

Improving Voting: Where Do We Go From Here?

Question and Answer Session

 

5:30pm Workshop Concludes