Interview with Harvie Branscomb, electionquality.com
PART 6: REGULATION
How federal law lags, and state law accommodates, vendor innovation. Who owns elections? What conflicts of interests arise between voting machine vendors, election officials, and citizens.
For over 20 years, Harvie Branscomb has acted as an independent monitor of US elections, analysing various voting methods* and developing recommendations for accessible, fair, secure and transparent process. In this interview, Harvie discusses manual, mechanical, and electronic voting methods and their vulnerabilities; the balance between anonymity, privacy, and transparency; and the critical issue of ballot auditing.
*Here, ‘voting system’ or ‘voting method’ generally refers to the technological infrastructure for registering ballots, and not a system for ranking candidates (such as plurality or proportional representation).