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lindemanMark Lindeman, Ph.D

Contact

email via mark@electionverification.org

Bio

Mark Lindeman is a political scientist who studies public opinion and elections. He presently lectures at Columbia University in quantitative methods, and led the revision of Carroll Glynn et al.’s multidisciplinary textbook Public Opinion. Mark’s election verification work stems from controversies about the 2004 general election exit polls and other purported statistical evidence of widespread fraud. Some of his research in this area appears in three chapters of Scheuren and Alvey’s Elections and Exit Polling. Seeking a more constructive approach to election verification, Mark has emerged as an expert in the design of post-election vote tabulation audits. Mark has published extensively about such audits (often in collaboration with Philip B. Stark), and has consulted pro bono with advocates and legislators in several states and the District of Columbia. Mark was lead author of the white paper, “Risk-Limiting Post-Election Audits: Why and How.” Mark serves as chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Election Verification Network.

Expert Areas

Post-election vote tabulation audits and related verification measures; exit polls, election fraud controversies, and election forensics.

Nature of Communications

Available for various kinds of interviews and consultations.


mcburnettNeal McBurnett

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Bio

Neal McBurnett is an independent consultant in election integrity and security. He has worked to improve election integrity since 2002 by pioneering post-election audits, working with election administrators, legislators and secretaries of state. He did the first risk-limiting audit outside California, and collaborated on Colorado’s Risk Limiting Audit project and ballot-level risk-limiting audits that reached new levels of efficiency and scale. He also audited the innovative Scantegrity end-to-end-verifiable election in Takoma Park MD in 2011, and is a member of the STAR-Vote design team.

Neal has also worked on data format standards for elections via the IEEE and the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and is active with the Election Verification Network. He has computer science degrees from Brown and Berkeley, and worked for Bell Labs, Internet2 and Databricks. He can often be found dancing in one of the Avalon ballrooms in Boulder Colorado.

Expert Areas

Election auditing, election data formats and standards

Nature of Communications

Prefer initial contact by e-mail, Willing to be interviewed on the record for national and regional media (print or broadcast)


mebanedsDr. Walter R. Mebane, Jr.

Bio

Walter R. Mebane, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current project is Election Forensics, which develops statistical and computational tools for determining whether election results are accurate. His work includes papers about the 2000 presidential election, a report for the Democratic National Committee analyzing the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, and analysis of election fraud in Russia and in the 2009 election in Iran. Recently, with support from USAID, he created the Election Forensics Toolkit, which implements various diagnostic tools, and applied the methods to data from several countries.

Contact

email via walter@electionverification.org

Expert Areas

Statistics; auditing of elections.

Nature of Communications

Willing to communicate with elections officials, elected officials and their staff, the media, vendors, integrity advocates, and academics.


newrivestdsRon Rivest

Contact

email via ron@electionverification.org

Bio

Ron Rivest is an Institute Professor at MIT in EECS, CSAIL, the Theory Group and the Cryptography and Information Security Group.  His research includes cryptography, security, algorithms, and voting systems.  Rivest is a co-inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, a founder of RSA and of Verisign.  He received the 2002 ACM Turing Award with Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.  He is a co-author of “Introduction to Algorithms”, a member of the NAE and the NAS, and a fellow of ACM, IACR, and AAAS.  He is on the EPIC Advisory Board and the board of Verified Voting.

Expert Areas

Election systems correctness and security, certification of election systems, election auditing, risk-limiting audits, end-to-end verifiable voting system, the insecurity of Internet Voting.

Nature of Communications

Willing to go on the record for major national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews. (On sabbatical Fall 2016, so availability may be somewhat limited.)


philipdsDr. Philip Stark

Contact

email via philip@electionverification.org

Bio

Philip B. Stark is Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked with the offices of the California and Colorado Secretaries of State and served on California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Post-Election Audit Standards Working Group. He is the originator of “risk-limiting audits,” which are part of several laws in California and Colorado. Stark is on the Board of Advisors of the US Election Assistance Commission. In collaboration with state and local election officials, he has helped conduct risk-limiting audits of about 25 contests in nearly 20 counties. He has testified about election integrity to both houses of the California legislature; he has testified at trial in a contested election; and he has made presentations about election integrity to the public, elections officials, political scientists, and statisticians. Stark is on the development team for the Travis County, Texas, STAR-Vote system, which combines auditability with end-to-end cryptographic verifiability. He is on the board of directors of Verified Voting Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is “Safeguarding elections in the digital age.”

Expert Areas

Statistics; auditing of elections.

Nature of Communications

Willing to communicate with elections officials, elected officials and their staff, the media, vendors, integrity advocates, and academics.