If a vote falls in a ballot box, but there’s no one there to see it – does it count? Marian Schneider, President of Verified Voting, explains why so many of our national voting systems have absolutely no way of being audited. Digital technology has been a wonderful boon for this world, but when it comes to something as fundamental to democracy as casting a vote, you simply must have a physical record that you can verify by hand if necessary. It may already be too late for the 2018 midterm elections, but we simply must have this fixed for 2020. We’ll tell you how you can get involved and make a real difference. This is a non-partisan issue that affects us all.

As the President of Verified Voting, Marian Schneider brings a strong grounding in the legal and constitutional elements governing voting rights and elections, as well as experience in election administration at the state level. Immediately before becoming President of Verified Voting, Marian served as Special Advisor and Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration, to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Marian received her J.D. from The George Washington University, where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned her B.A. degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.