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Law Library to Host March 8 Panel Discussion on the Vulnerabilities & Constitutional Concerns With Electronic Voting Machines

February 28, 2007 – 

Problems with vote counting in the 2000 election prompted Congress to pass the Help America Vote Act, which included funds to help states modernize antiquated voting systems. As a result, counties throughout the country rushed to acquire computerized voting machines. Not everyone agrees that these computers represent an improvement. Computer scientists have found that some can be hacked easily and their votes manipulated. Legal experts have challenged their constitutionality and won important court victories. A New Jersey Congressman has introduced legislation that would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every electronic vote cast.

A panel of three experts on these issues will discuss “Electronic Voting: Will Your Vote Count?” at 7 pm on Thursday, March 8, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Rutgers Law Library.

What:  “Electronic Voting: Will Your Vote Count?” 
Who: Edward W. Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Michelle Mulder, Counsel to Representative Rush Holt (12th District, NJ)
Penny Venetis, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
When: 7 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2007
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom (1st floor), Rutgers School of Law–Newark