October 12, 2020
3:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally
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The integrity of our democracy requires that elections are open and accessible to voters and are secure from tampering and fraud. Authority over the conduct of elections primarily rests with state and local governments. From registering voters, to collecting ballots, to counting and verifying votes, state and local governments handle the logistics to ensure that your voice, and your vote, counts. This year the COVID-19 pandemic presents the added challenge of safeguarding the health of poll workers and voters.
In all elections, especially this year’s, science and technology play an integral part, from cybersecurity and user accessibility of voting systems, to mathematical methods that can be used to audit elections and analyze the impacts of redistricting, to public health best practices to ensure voter health. In this panel, we will hear from STEM professionals who are working with their local governments and in their communities to safeguard election integrity and the voting process. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the intersection between science, technology, and elections and how they can contribute to preserve the foundation of our democracy.