Freshman Seminar 125
Election Machinery
Andrew W. Appel

Fall 2004

General Information | Schedule and Readings | Assignments

September 13: Election protocols

Tutorials & Commentary by Douglas W. Jones:

September 20: Electronic voting machines in the news


September 27: Political machines

Field Trip to Mercer County Superintendant of Elections: Depart at 1:30. Agenda: Registration Department; Investigation Department; Board of Elections. Explanation of voter-registration procedures, absentee ballot procedures, provisional ballots. Demonstration of Sequoia electronic voting machine. Inspection of old Shoup lever machine. Inspection of optical scan machine used by Board of Elections for absentee ballots. Sample Sequoia printout, top half and bottom half.

October 4: Vote Fraud

Ed Kessler will visit and discuss his experiences as a polling-place challenger in Newark, 1970 (Addonizio versus Gibson); and his personal observation of vote fraud in Jersey City in the first half of the 20th century.

October 11: Analysis of electronic voting machines

Dan Wallach will talk about:

October 18: Voter-verified paper ballots; Cryptographic protocols and trust

Visit by Kevin Chung, president of Avante International Technology, Inc., a maker of electronic voting machines.

Optional reading: Coin toss applet in Java

October 25: Midterm break week

Instituted in 1972 upon the demand of the undergraduates, so they could go home and campaign for their candidates.

November 1: The Secret Ballot

November 8: The 2004 Election

November 15: Security Engineering

November 22: NJ Voting Machines Lawsuit

We will have a visit from Penny Venetis, Clinical Professor of Law at Rutgers University.

Read the following documents from Gusciora v. McGreevey: Complaint, Appel certification, Defendants' Brief, Defendants' exhibits B, C, D, E, P, Q, R, S, HH, Plaintiffs' reply brief, Appel supplemental certification.

November 29: Gerrymandering

Optional reading:
Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution, by Gary W. Cox and Jonathan N. Katz, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

December 6: Cryptography

Security Engineering, Chapter 5. Read all except 5.2.7 and its subsections. See also the assignment for December 6th.

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