Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?

Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?

by Douglas W. Jones, Barbara Simons
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Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? by Douglas W. Jones, Barbara Simons

For many of us, the presidential election of 2000 was a wake-up call. The controversy following the vote count led to demands for election reform. But the new voting systems that were subsequently introduced to the market have serious security flaws, and many are confusing and difficult to use. Moreover, legislation has not kept up with the constantly evolving voting technology, leaving little to no legal recourse when votes are improperly counted. How did we come to acquire the complex technology we now depend on to count votes?  Douglas Jones and Barbara Simons probe this question, along with public policy and regulatory issues raised by our voting technologies.  Broken Ballots is a thorough and incisive analysis of the current voting climate that approaches American elections from technological, legal, and historical perspectives.  The authors examine the ways in which Americans vote today, gauging how inaccurate, unreliable, and insecure our voting systems are. An important book for election administrators, political scientists, and students of government and technology policy, Broken Ballots is also a vital tool for any voting American.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575866369
Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Series: Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes Series
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Douglas W. Jones is on the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa. Barbara Simons, a former president of the Association for Computing Machinery, is retired from IBM Research. For more information, please visit

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Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LutherCT More than 1 year ago
When it comes to elections and verifiability, Doug Jones and Barbara Simons are true experts that everyone can understand. And this book covers the issues everyone should understand