UCSC forum on Electronic Voting -- press release

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Oct 20 2003 - 11:28:37 CDT

A couple of days ago, I gave a link to the flyer about this. This press
release Arthur wrote is a little more complete.

There is also something here about it.


It should be well-attended. I'm getting some emails and phone calls about


***** from Arthur Keller
This press release has gone out to the following list, and others:

SJ Mercury News (SC bureau)
Salinas Californian
Good Times
Aptos Times
Coast Weekly
City on a Hill
Mid-county Post
Peace & Justice Calendar

It has already been printed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (although with the
wrong date).

Thanks for your help.

Best regards,

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From: Tim Stephens <stephens@ucsc.edu>
Subject: Forum on Electronic Voting, Oct. 26
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October 16, 2003
Contact: Tim Stephens (831) 459-2495; stephens@ucsc.edu


For Immediate Release

SANTA CRUZ, CA--Are election districts throughout the country adopting
unreliable electronic voting technology in a misguided effort to upgrade
their voting systems? This question will be addressed by a panel of speakers
at a Forum on Electronic Voting on Sunday, October 26, at the University of
California, Santa Cruz.

The forum will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Baskin Engineering
Building, Room 152, on the UCSC campus. Arthur Keller, visiting associate
professor of computer science at UCSC, will moderate the discussion. The
event is free and open to the general public.

The presidential election of 2000 introduced the term "hanging chad" to the
American vocabulary and highlighted the shortcomings of punch-card voting
systems. In response, the U.S. Congress passed legislation aimed at
replacing punch-card voting systems with more reliable technology. One
result has been the widespread adoption of touch-screen voting machines. But
many computer scientists say these machines have serious problems with
respect to security, reliability, and accountability.

The forum at UCSC will present several perspectives on the current
controversy surrounding electronic voting systems. While many computer
scientists argue that the results from such systems are unverifiable and
vulnerable to tampering, some election officials seem unconcerned. Part of
the appeal of electronic voting machines is that they can enable blind and
disabled people to vote secretly. Tens of thousands of these voting machines
are now being deployed across the United States and will be used to count
about 40 percent of the votes in the 2004 presidential election.

Speakers at the forum will include:
. David Dill, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
. Warren Slocum, Chief Elections Officer, San Mateo County
. Joe Simitian, California State Assemblymember, 21st District
. Alan Dechert, Open Voting Consortium
. League of Women Voters (invited)

Several of the participants in the forum maintain web sites with information
relating to the issues that will be discussed, including Dill
(http://www.verifiedvoting.org), Slocum (http://www.warrenslocum.com),
Dechert (http://home.earthlink.net/~adechert), and the League of Women
Voters (http://www.lwv.org).

The forum is sponsored by the Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility, the UCSC chapter of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, and the UCSC chapter of the Association for Computing

For more information about the forum, contact Robert Kibrick at
kibrick@cruzio.com. Information about the forum is also available on the web
at http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/~ark/evoting.html.


This release is available electronically at the following web site:

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