Announcing the First Annual

Workshop on Election
Science and Technology

March 18th, 2020

George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Co-located with the Election Verification Network (EVN) annual meeting

Call for Papers

Technology is playing an increasing role in our elections, leading to the emergence of new threats and challenges to our democracy. These challenges exist at multiple levels: from manipulation of voter sentiment to cyberespionage of candidates and campaigns to cyberthreats to the registration, casting, counting, and reporting infrastructure itself.

Election science is a uniquely interdisciplinary area of research that seeks to protect and advance the systems and processes supporting our democratic way of life. It is both theoretical and practical. It is both technical and deeply human. It draws on many fields of expertise, including policy and law, usable and inclusive design, political and social science, and technology, engineering, and math.

The Workshop on Election Science and Technology (WEST) welcomes submissions from the best new ideas in election science and election technology. Papers should contain novel research in any area related to elections.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Analysis of voter and media disinformation as it pertains to elections
  • Analysis of cybersecurity aspects campaigns or candidate
  • Cybersecurity aspects of existing in-person and online/remote voting systems
  • Designs of new in-person and online/remote voting systems
  • Experiences deploying voting systems or conducting elections
  • Examination of usability and accessibility issues
  • Election auditing
  • Election management and reporting systems
  • Election verifiability, including cryptographic end-to-end verification (E2E-V)
  • Formal and informal security or requirements analysis
  • Legal, political and social issues of electronic voting implementations
  • Measuring attitudes (e.g., trust, acceptability) toward voting technologies
  • Technologies for improving voter accessibility
  • Voting technology and systems (in-person and remote/online)
  • Voter registration and authentication systems

Important Dates

Submission deadline
January 22nd 2020, 23:59, AoE
Acceptance notification
February 19th 2020

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be judged on originality, relevance, correctness, and clarity. Experience reports or case studies are welcome, as long as they contain sufficient scientific rigour and original analysis to constitute scientific research.

Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and well-marked appendices.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references.

Paper submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/XXXX

Program Chairs

Western University, Canada
University of Michigan

Program Committee

Nicole Goodman
Brock University
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