Four top election security experts will explain the threats to our electoral process and what election officials are—or should be—doing to protect and make sure your vote is counted as you intend.
Lynn Garland, an unaffiliated authority on election security, is co-executive editor of “Principles and Best Practices of Post-Election Audits.” She has worked on evaluating optical scan systems for Maryland’s State Board of Elections and currently serves on the federal Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines cybersecurity working group to help establish standards for future voting systems. Ms. Garland was previously a manager in manufacturing operations for a Fortune 100 electronics company.
Jeremy Epstein, a cybersecurity researcher for over 30 years, now with the National Science Foundation, leads a portfolio of 20 research programs, including cybersecurity, privacy, and networking. He also serves on the advisory committee of Verified Voting Foundation and is vice chair of the Association for Computing Machinery US Technology Policy Council. In addition, Mr. Epstein is chief elections officer for precinct #841 in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Liz Howard is Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, focusing on cybersecurity and elections. She was formerly Deputy Commissioner of Elections for the Virginia Department of Elections. In that role, Ms. Howard coordinated several election modernization efforts, including decertification of all paperless voting systems, implementation of the electronic Motor Voter program, and adoption of online, paperless absentee ballot applications. Previously, she served as General Counsel for Rock the Vote.
Audrey Malagon is a Batten Associate Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University. Working with Virginia legislators and election officials, she has been active in promoting election security. As a member of the inaugural Verified Voting Audit Roadshow, Dr. Malagon has widely advocated risk-limiting audits. Her writing on a range of election security topics has appeared in newspapers in Virginia and West Virginia.