Poorvi L. Vora - Research: Voting

My research group has made both constructive and analytical contributions to the study of secure voting systems and statistical election audits. We have prototyped most of the voting systems we have proposed. Much of our constructive work in secure voting systems is on the class of end-to-end-verifiable (E2E-V) voting systems, and is based on collaborations with all or part of the Scantegrity team and Filip Zagórski. With Filip Zagórski and Neal McBurnett, we have developed the Athena class of statistical audits which provide the most efficient approach to ballot polling election audits.

Our work on statistical election audits was used in the audit of the 2020 primary elections in Montgomery County, Ohio, and the statistical audit software we developed has been integrated into election audit software Arlo as an option. Our work on secure voting systems has been used by the City of Takoma Park in its municipal elections in 2009 and 2011.

We have recently worked on influencing policy in the space of election integrity, see my work on Maryland's election procedures and my affidavits in support of the Wisconsin and Michigan recounts of 2016. We have also provided feedback in a number of formats (private emails, open letters, memo to Parliament, invited talk at a conference) to the Indian government on their approach to voting and have provided a written deposition for a report for the Citizens Commission on Elections.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors of nonpartisan nonprofit Verified Voting. I previously served on the Coordinating Committee of the nonpartisan nonprofit Election Verification Network and continue to be a member. Liz Howard of the Brennan Center for Justice and I organized the 2019 EVN conference.

In 2017, I received the Election Verification Network's Public Engagement Award for my work on Maryland's election audits.

Detail on statistical audit research

Detail on E2E-V research

Media references
My voting research has been sponsored in part by NSF Awards 2015253, 1421373 , 1137973, 0937267, 0831149, 0505510 and the Maryland Procurement Office under contract H98230-14-C-0127.

Email: my first name at gwu dot edu
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