As the President of Verified Voting, Marian Schneider brings a strong grounding in the legal and constitutional elements governing voting rights and elections, as well as experience in election administration at the state level. Immediately before becoming President of Verified Voting, Marian served as Special Advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Election Policy. Previously, Governor Wolf appointed her as the Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State where she served from February 2015 until May 2017.
Under Marian’s leadership, the Department launched Pennsylvania’s online voter registration application. Embraced by voters all over Pennsylvania, more than 950,000 voters have used the application to register or update their registration. Marian introduced numerous reforms including improving universal usability of the voter registration application, re-issuing policy guidance on important election issues, clarifying the instructions to voters in PennDOT’s “Motor Voter” screens, requiring translations of the motor voter screens into 12 additional languages and implementing revisions to the Department’s flagship voter information website to improve public access to critical elections information. Marian also championed membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center and served as the inaugural PA member of the ERIC Board of Directors. Marian also served as the Pennsylvania state election official on the EAC’s Standards Board and on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Voting Technology to the Joint State Government Commission.
Throughout her legal career, Marian has focused on the intersections of civil rights and election law. Formerly, she was a Senior Attorney with Advancement Project’s Voter Protection program and was trial counsel in Applewhite v. Commonwealth, successfully challenging Pennsylvania’s restrictive photo ID law on behalf of voters as an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to vote. She represented the plaintiffs in the successful 2008 case under § 2 of the Voting Rights Act against Chester County for failure to move the inadequately-sized Lower Oxford East polling place to a more spacious polling place on the Lincoln University Campus. The lack of an adequate polling place resulted in 6-8 hour waiting times in a precinct comprised primarily of African-American voters in the 2008 presidential election.
Marian received her J.D. from The George Washington University, where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned her B.A. degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
John DeCock is Executive Director of Verified Voting. John oversees organizational operations and works with staff and board to develop resources and systems to build the capacity of Verified Voting Foundation. He has previously served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Clean Water Action. John most recently worked as a consultant assisting non-profit organizations with fund raising, campaign planning, communications and organizational development. He has extensive experience in non partisan voter engagement efforts and advocacy campaigns.
John also served on the Executive Committee of America Votes and worked with the leaders of other US environmental organizations on voter registration and Get Out The Vote efforts. As part of his 27 year career with the Sierra Club he served as Director of Outings, establishing some of the early standards for ecotourism. He has led trips and expeditions in the US, Nepal, India, Mexico, Guatemala and Kenya. John lives in San Francisco.
Warren Stewart is Verified Voting’s Communications Director and and serves as editor and journalist for The Voting News Daily and Weekly. He previously served as Policy Director for VoteTrustUSA, where he wrote extensively on a wide range of election issues and edited the Election Integrity News. He has testified before the Senate Rules Committee, the Committee on House Administration and the Election Assistance Commission.
Warren’s writing has been published in the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Washington Spectator, and elsewhere. His research and analysis of the data from the New Mexico general election in 2004 was instrumental in promoting positive legislative change in that state. He has also served as a pollworker in several elections. In addition to his work on election reform, Warren is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bay Area early music ensemble Magnificat.
Susan Greenhalgh serves as Vice President of Programs for Verified Voting’s initiative to protect our elections in the era of cyber attacks. Susan performs extensive research, assembling and reviewing documents that may influence and impact state and federal policy regarding voting over the Internet. She also works with cyber security experts and advisors on the federal level to bridge the gap between national cyber security policy and election administration. She started working in election integrity in 2006, focusing on changing the perception of electronic voting systems by bringing the problems and failures of electronic voting to the mainstream media.
Most notably Susan worked closely with CNN to develop the 2006 “Democracy at Risk” series of reports on voting system integrity. The campaign resulted in over 70 segments and a one hour special and had a profound impact on the public’s perception and opinion of electronic voting. Susan lives in New York and has a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Vermont in chemistry.
John McCarthy has been an part-time volunteer with Verified Voting since 2004, when he served as Project Manager for volunteer development of the Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS) until other groups assumed responsibility for it early in 2006. Since then John has participated in Verified Voting’s Computer and Information Resources efforts, including the public Verifier database with detailed information about election equipment in each local election jurisdiction of the United States.
Late in 2006 John initiated an Election Auditing Project in cooperation with statisticians interested in elections from the American Statistical Association. He was lead author of a paper on vote tabulation auditing, a version of which was published in the February, 2008 edition of the ASA’s “American Statistician.” He is currently working with other election auditing experts to implement regular statewide vote tabulation audits in several states. John has represented Verified Voting on a number of IEEE and NIST-EAC standards committees on common data formats for interchange of election data.
John has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he taught American Political and Social History and Quantitative Methods for Historical Research from 1968 to 1974. He directed data analysis and educational activities at UC Berkeley’s Survey Research Center from 1974 until 1980, when he moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop the first on-line database of U.S. Census data. As a computer scientist at LBNL, John subsequently helped develop several other major database information systems. He retired from LBNL in 2003, but still enjoys visiting there to see old friends and keep up with current research.
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