US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Philip Stark, University of California at Berkeley, to serve on the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Board of Advisors.
Established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the EAC Board of Advisors is comprised of 37 individuals who assist the EAC in carrying out its federally mandated duties, which includes developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, serving as a national clearinghouse of information about election administration, accrediting testing laboratories and certifying voting systems, and auditing the use of HAVA funds.
Under HAVA, the house minority leader can select one professional from the field of science and technology to serve on the EAC Board of Advisors.
A professor of statistics and associate dean of mathematical and physical sciences at UC Berkeley, Philip Stark is considered the originator of “risk-limiting” audits and has worked with California and Colorado secretaries of state, helping to conduct risk-limiting audits in nearly 20 counties. He has testified about election integrity before the California legislature and at trial in a contested election. He also sits on the development team for the Travis County, Texas, STAR-Vote system, which combines auditability with end-to-end cryptographic verifiability.