USACM Notes Technology In Letter to Voting Commission

By David Bruggeman
June 19, 2013

On Friday the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, established earlier this year by Executive Order, will hold its first public meeting in Washington, D.C. As part of the public comment period prior to the meeting, USACM sent the Commission Co-Chairs, Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsburg, a letter.

In that letter USACM reminds the Commission of the importance technology has in modern election systems. We note that technology can help improve voting access for many populations that have had trouble casting their ballots. In addition, there are certain requirements for an election system that require additional scrutiny of any technology used for voting purposes. They include:

  • Reliability
  • Responsiveness
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Auditing
  • Usability

USACM has a long history of research and advice to policy makers on technology in support of voting systems. As the Commission works on its report and recommendations, we remain available to contribute as needed.

Besides the meeting on Friday in Washington, the Commission will hold another public meeting on June 28 in Coral Gables, Florida. Other meetings may be announced at the Commission website.