Interview with Harvie Branscomb, electionquality.com
PART 1: ELECTION RISK
The electoral process has many points of vulnerability. What risks are inherent in specific voting methods? And how did foreign interference impact on the 2016 election?
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).