On Thursday, 30 September, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT, AAAS hosted a public forum on science and technology policy where representatives discussed their candidate's positions. Former House Science Committee Chairman Bob Walker represented the Bush-Cheney campaign. Physicist Henry Kelly, former assistant director for technology of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, spoke for Kerry-Edwards. Although this was a forum, not a debate, it gave members of the scientific community the opportunity to compare the views of the candidates on a range of issues.
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New AAAS Report Explores Electronic Voting Concerns, Solutions
Just days before a closely contested presidential election, AAAS released a new report on the state of electronic voting systems and the need for extensive research to define problems and possible solutions. "Making Each Vote Count: A Research Agenda For Electronic Voting" is the result of a forum that brought technical and cyber-security experts, election officials, social and behavioral scientists and other to AAAS for two days in September.
The chaos of the 2000 presidential election "drew public attention in a most dramatic fashion to weaknesses in our voting system," the report says. That, in turn, drove interest in electronic voting systems, but the reliability of those systems has been mixed.
"In some instances, voting, and all of the procedures associated with it, have proceeded without a hitch," the report says. "In other cases, there have been accusations of tampering and fraud, and litigation challenging the accuracy and reliability of the voting systems used. Serious concerns remain about the design, use, and impact of electronic voting methods, even as we move inexorably toward the November 2004 general election."
You can read the full report by clicking below. You can also watch a video of the discussions and evaluations that closed the September workshop.
Workshop home page
Final Report - 28 October 2004
The lack of security and accountability in some voting systems raises troubling questions, says an editorial by Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Science.
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