Computer Voting Expert, Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Ousted From Elections Conference

Adam Shostack adam at
Wed Aug 6 11:54:10 EDT 2003

Well, if you can't win on the truth, win on the procedures.

At least Dr. Mercuri is in fine company there, ranging all the way
back to Socrates and Galileo.  Little consolation, I know, as our
democracy gets replaced by a kleptocracy, but what can you do?

Maybe she should set up, a new voting machine
company.  Sell machines that explicitly let you steal elections.  Get
some press.


On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 11:08:38AM -0400, R. A. Hettinga wrote:
| Notice they did this to Chaum, too...
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| Subject: [johnmacsgroup] Computer Voting Expert, Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Ousted From Elections
|  Conference
| Computer Voting Expert Ousted From Elections Conference
| Lynn Landes
| freelance journalist
| Denver CO Aug 1 - Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, a leading expert in voting machine
| security, had her conference credentials revoked by the president of the
| International Association of Clerks, Records, Election Officials, and
| Treasurers (IACREOT), Marianne Rickenbach. The annual IACREOT Conference
| and Trade Show, which showcases election systems to elections officials,
| is being held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver all this week.
| Mercuri believes that her credentials were revoked because of her position
| in favor of voter-verified paper ballots for computerized election
| systems. "I guess in a very troubling way it makes sense that an
| organization like IACREOT, that supports paperless computerized voting
| systems, which are secret by their very design, would not want computer
| experts who disagree with that position at their meetings."
| Dr. Mercuri said that her credentials were approved for the first three
| days of the conference. She attended meetings of other groups and visited
| the exhibitors hall. But it was only on Thursday as she sat down to attend
| her first meeting at the IACREOT that President Marianne Rickenbach took
| Mercuri out of the room and told her that her credentials were being
| revoked. Rickenbach said that Mercuri had not filled out the forms
| correctly. Mercuri protested, but was refused reinstatement.
| David Chaum, the inventor of eCash and a member of Mercuri's
| 'voter-verified paper ballot' group, had his credentials revoked on the
| first day of the conference. On the second day his credentials were
| partially restored. Chaum was allowed to visit the exhibitors hall, but
| not attend the IACREOT meetings.
| Rickenbach was unavailable for comment as of this report. Mercuri can be
| reached at the Adam's Mark Hotel through Saturday.
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