In the context of the current pandemic, the rapidly evolving challenges of administering elections places new emphasis on the safety of in-person voting for citizens, the general public, election office staff, and many other election system stakeholders. Despite calls around the country for a transition to mail-only elections, a mail-only election is logistically impossible. The reality is that in 2020 millions of voters will be casting ballots in person at precinct polling places and vote centers.
Join Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown of Auburn University for a moderated discussion about science-based strategies for safer in-person voting with Ed Smith, an election technology veteran now with Smartmatic, a global leader in election technology.
Smartmatic devices have securely processed nearly 5 billion votes in elections on five continents. The company is perhaps best known in the US for helping to build and
implement a completely new and innovative voting system for Los Angeles County, the nation’s largest election jurisdiction. And Michael Diamond of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS), a global health nonprofit active in preventing the spread of infectious dis- ease in environments around the world, will provide the health risk perspective.