Verified Voting Team

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.

Warren Stewart is Verified Voting’s Senior Editor and Data Specialist and serves as editor 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.

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. 

J. Alex Halderman is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan and Director of Michigan’s Center for Computer Security and Society. His research spans computer and network security, applied cryptography, security measurement, censorship resistance, and electronic voting, as well as the interaction of technology with politics and international affairs. Prof. Halderman has authored more than 80 technical publications, and his work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network. He has performed numerous security evaluations of real-world voting systems, both in the U.S. and around the world. He helped conduct California’s landmark “top-to-bottom” electronic voting systems review. He also led the first independent review of election technology in India, the world’s largest democracy. He led a team that hacked into Washington D.C.’s Internet voting system as part of a public security test, and he organized the first independent security audit of Estonia’s national online voting system. After the 2016 U.S. elections, he advised recount initiatives in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in an effort to help detect and deter cyberattacks. He is also the creator of Security Digital Democracy, a massive, open, online course that explores the security risks—and future potential—of electronic voting and Internet voting technologies. He was named by Popular Science as one of the “brightest young minds reshaping science, engineering, and the world.”

Stephanie Singer is an independent consultant, expert in elections, technology and communication. She has worked with election technology developer Free & Fair, most recently as Project Lead for the development of an open source risk-limiting-audit software system for the Colorado Department of State. From 2012-2016 she served on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections improving communication, modernizing processes, rooting out corruption and protecting voters’ rights. She won the post by defeating a 36-year incumbent in a citywide election. Singer co-chaired the statewide Election Reform Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the national Election Verification Network. Singer studied math and computer science at Yale and Stanford, earned a Ph.D. from New York University and has written two books on mathematical physics.

Pamela SmithPamela SmithSenior Advisor to Verified Voting, is Past 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 the author of an introductory chapter on audits 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.

Rocco Spinelli serves as Verified Voting’s Administrative Officer, overseeing daily operations and serving as the administrative liaison for all financial matters. Rocco comes to Verified Voting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Director of Student Affairs, Administration and Finance. During his seven-year tenure at UPenn, Rocco expanded the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative’s corporate partnerships in addition to running its customer relationship management system and planning and coordinating events for Wharton’s stakeholders. While working full-time at the University, Rocco also earned a B.A. in Political Science.

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