Rebecca Mercuri

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Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D (born October 20, 1954) is an expert in computer security, especially in electronic voting where she has been researching, writing about, and testifying since 1989[citation needed]. Having completed a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where her research focused on transparency and trust issues in computational systems, she has returned to Notable Software where she conducts forensic computing investigations and provides expert witness testimony on a broad range of criminal, civil and municipal matters (some in the elections arena).

She is known to have popularized the idea of using voter-verified paper ballots, whereby an electronic voting machine prints a paper ballot under transparent glass or plastic for the voter to verify before casting their vote (often referred to as the "Mercuri method").

Mercuri put up a web site when she noticed the 2000 Presidential election falling into confusion, and within 15 minutes had a call from the Associated Press - who had found her materials.[1] She submitted testimony in Bush v. Gore that was subsequently referenced in the briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, and has since testified before the U.S. House Science Committee, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the UK Cabinet, and numerous other federal and state legislative bodies about voting systems.

External links[edit]

  • Electronic Voting -- Rebecca Mercuri's web site, includes articles, published papers, an e-mail list, and other information related to her interests.
  • Election glitch news -- Google news on the term "election glitch," Mercuri's favorite way to keep up with the latest troubles, as told at her presentation "A Better Ballot Box?" November 14, 2003 at North Carolina State University.
  • Security Watch -- Mercuri's archived articles about computer security.


  1. ^ Mercuri, Rebecca, "A Better Ballot Box?" presentation, November 14, 2003, North Carolina State University.