Ever since Florida 2000, it seems the US cannot hold an election without horror stories about equipment failing, votes lost, and disenfranchised voters says Ben Adida, co-founder and Executive Director of VotingWorks. "Why does a country as powerful and resourceful as the United States have so much trouble running an election?" is a central question to this virtual event. In "Building Better Voting Systems,"
Adida discusses why running an election in the US is particularly challenging. He focuses on voting equipment; it's conventional wisdom that voting machines are universally terrible, and Adida argues that we need to understand how we got here. But it doesn't have to be that way: Adida explains how the US can do much better, and specifically what VotingWorks is working on. Finally, Adida covers how VotingWorks and others are going to help run safe and trustworthy elections in the COVID-19 era.