An electronic voting (e-voting) expert witness typically has an advanced degree, and a background and knowledge in computer security, cyber security, electronic voting machine technology, computer science, and/or information security. Often e-voting experts have been election officials, an election administrator or a poll worker, and understand all aspects of the voting system.
Electronic voting is a hot topic in the United States. Machine counting of ballots is faster and less expensive than counting by hand, but some voters are wary of the results, and with good reason. Most of the controversy revolves around the reliability of electronic voting machine results. Most voting is tabulated via an electronic voting machine, whether it be a touch screen, scanner that reads a paper ballot (from in-person or mail ballots), or scanners that verify signatures on an absentee ballot. An extension of voting machines that count paper ballot results, is internet voting, which is being looked at closely amidst the covid 19 pandemic. As there is not a paper record for recount verification, some voters are apprehensive. Concern over hackers and machine errors are security measures that are a very active area of research and analysis.
E-voting matters that require technical expertise could involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement or trade secret misappropriation. An expert in e-voting techniques could be called upon to assist in a voter fraud case, for example to verify the results from an electronic voting machine. Human rights organizations have filed lawsuits in several states, concerned that voter fraud and security issues with electronic voting could skew the election outcome and impede voting rights. These types of legal issues related to voting often require an expert in the electronic voting system.
Litigation support by an e-voting expert witness could include reverse engineering, an expert report, expert opinion, and/or expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, a law firm may request an e-voting expert with prior expert testimony experience. In addition, clients often seek an expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those E-Voting experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the E-Voting landscape.
This expert is among the world's leading authorities in the areas of election voting security, critical infrastructure, and network system security. This expert is a recipient of an award for work on electronic voting. This expert is well known for taking part in a series of e-voting security studies in the U.S. and around the world. A memory card hack demonstrated against select voting machines appeared in a documentary. As a consultant, this expert has conducted and co-authored many studies on various election systems' data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in five countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.
This expert is the author of four U.S. patent applications for encryption and security and several additional international patents. This expert has testified on several occasions in cases relating to voting and elections.