Verified Voting Team

Pamela Smith is President of Verified Voting. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the “Principles and Best Practices in Post Election Audits,” co-author of “Counting Votes 2012: a State by State Look at Election Preparedness” and a contributing author for _Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Election Auditing_. She has been a small business and marketing consultant and nonprofit executive for a Hispanic educational organization working on first language literacy and adult learning. Originally from Chicago, IL, Smith is now a resident of Carlsbad, CA.

John DeCockJohn 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 Communications Director and was formerly Legislative Policy Director for Verified Voting. 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. Stewart’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, Stewart is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bay Area early music ensemble Magnificat.

GreenhalghSusan Greenhalgh serves as Elections Specialist 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 she 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 a full 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 led 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 percentage-based versus statistical power-based vote tabulation auditing, a version of which was published in the February, 2008 edition of the ASA’s “American Statistician.” He is particularly interested in standards (such as EML) for interchange of election data. In 2008 John led efforts to develop and deploy a questionnaire for local election workers, in cooperation with UC Berkeley’s Election Administration Research Center. To date, over 1,800 election workers from all but two states have responded to the survey, and Verified Voting hopes to build on results of the survey to develop closer relationships with local election offices throughout the United States.

John has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he taught American Political and Social History and Quantitative Methods for Historical Research for six years 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. Although he retired from LBNL in 2003, John continues to consult there part-time for the XMDR Project developing international standards for metadata registries. 

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