Watson Lecture - Can America Have a Safe and Secure Presidential Election?
Conducting free and fair elections has long been a hallmark of American democracy. But in the midst of a global pandemic, how can we ensure a safe and secure presidential election in 2020?
Michael Alvarez, co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and his research team use data science methods and tools to help improve the security of important election infrastructure and provide transparent and rapid monitoring and auditing of the integrity of elections. In the states and counties that use such methods, voters can be more confident in the integrity of reported election results.
In this lecture, Alvarez shares how scientific detection of election problems helps election officials improve their procedures and technologies, giving voters the information they will need to bolster their confidence in the integrity of this and future elections.
This Zoom webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
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