Verified Voting Team

Barbara simons

Verified Voting President Barbara Simons is a former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the nation’s largest educational and scientific computing society. She is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering of U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in computer science. A fellow of ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she also received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award. An expert on electronic voting, she published Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?, a book on voting machines co-authored with Douglas Jones. She has been on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission since 2008, and she co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of Department of Defense’s Internet voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security concerns. She was a member of the National Workshop on Internet Voting, convened by President Clinton, that conducted one of the first studies of Internet Voting and produced a report in 2001. She co-authored the July 2015 report of the U.S. Vote Foundation entitled The Future of Voting: End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting.  She is retired from IBM Research. 

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 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. 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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