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William Kelleher

Internet Voting is Coming to the USA

Sunday, Sept. 19
11 a.m. at CFI-L.A.
4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa*

Surprisingly, Internet voting is not new to the United States. First, there were small trials in the 2000 presidential election. In 2004, the Department of Defense (DoD) was ready to host the largest Internet voting trial in US history for 100,000 overseas civilian and military voters from seven states who had volunteered. Then, four computer scientists publicly alleged that the project, called "SERVE" (secure electronic registration and voting experiment), had security flaws, and the project was shelved. Now, the momentum towards increasing the use of Internet voting is picking up again.

Discussing the once and future history of Internet voting is Dr. William Kelleher. This November, 33 states and the District of Columbia will use some form of online voting for their overseas population. DoD plans to reinstate its SERVE program for 2012. If all goes well this year, some states will begin domestic trials, and more states will offer online voting for their citizens overseas. Besides convenience, Internet voting offers an opportunity to further democratize U.S. elections. But concerns over security still linger.

Dr. Kelleher, who earned his Ph. D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984, is the author of two books on American politics. The New Election Game (1987), which discussed the history of presidential election reform and expanded on Buckminster Fuller's idea of voting from home by telephone, was made obsolete by personal computers and the cell phone. Kelleher also wrote Progressive Logic, which discusses the principles and methods used by American progressives to criticize government policies, practices, and laws. He is currently working on a book on Internet voting.

*This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center at 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. map
Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.

Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.
Political Scientist, author, speaker,
CEO for The Internet Voting Research and Education Fund, a CA Nonprofit Foundation

Blog: /
Book in progress: All chapter drafts for my new book can be read/downloaded
(for free) at

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