Video: "Election Security: Threats and Solutions"

Video: "Election Security: Threats and Solutions"


The video of the LWVW Opening Meeting, held on October 16, 2018 at the Wellesley Free Library, is now available! Our guest speaker, Barbara Bluestein Simons, a voting cyber security expert, gave a very information talk about election security in which she promoted three security measures:

  1. Voter-marked paper balloting
  2. Strong chain of custody of the ballots
  3. Risk-limited ballot auditing which involves using statistics to deteremine how many ballots need to be counted to establish the winner of a race to within a specified confidence level and then counting those (paper) ballots by hand.

Many thanks go to James Joyce of Wellesley Public Media who filmed the presentation and to Barbara Simons who gave us her time and expertise in a very interesting and informative talk.


Barbara SimonsBarbara Bluestein Simon is a voting cyber security expert who has been on the Board of Advisors of the US Election Assistance Commission since she was appointed by Senator Reid in 2008 and is currently chair of the Verified Voting Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation to promote accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. Her talk is entitled "Election Security: Threats and Solutions." Dr. Simons published "Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?", a book on voting technology co-authored with Douglas Jones. She also co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of the Department of Defense's Internet Voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security concerns. Simons is a former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the oldest and largest international educational and scientific society for computing professional. She is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at U C Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in computer science. She is the Board Chair of Verified Voting and is retired from IBM Research as well as being a proud member of the San Francisco LWV.

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