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Release: June 12, 2001

UI professor to give June 14 talk on election vote tallying

Douglas W. Jones, associate professor of computer science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, will give a 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14 talk on "Problems with Computer-Based Voting Systems" in Room 214 of MacLean Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Jones, who chairs the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems, testified in January at the U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearings in Tallahassee, Fla. on voting machine technology and whether the rights of voters were violated during the 2000 election. In his talk, he plans to discuss voting technology and the current regulatory environment, as well as summarize his Civil Rights Commission testimony and share information from his May 2001 presentation before the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee.

Jones has stated previously that installing identical voting machines at polling places across the country in an effort to avoid a repeat of the problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election has the potential to create more problems than it would solve. He says that adopting uniform standards of performance for various machines, rather than using identical machines, could improve election procedures.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the UI computer science department in advance at 319-335-0713.