Forensic Document Examiner, Mark Songer, was interviewed by Dr. Alok Patel for the PBS podcast NOVA Now, to discuss handwriting verification and the science applied to ensure the validity of ballots cast by mail. Mr. Songer explains the principles of handwriting analysis as applied to signature verification and the process for analyzing signatures on mail-in ballots. He also shares his experience training bipartisan election judges in the forensic evaluation of signatures for the state of Colorado.
The Hidden Science of Mail-In Voting - Expert Interviewed for PBS NOVA Now Podcast
Mr. Songer’s portion of the podcast begins at the 8:00 mark.
Forensic Document Examiner
Mark is a former FBI Special Agent and FBI Document Analyst, and was the designated handwriting expert for the Evidence Response Team-Los Angeles. During his tenure in the FBI, Mr. Songer instructed numerous law enforcement officers and examiners in handwriting identification, crime scene investigations and the proper collection of writing samples. He has also developed and implemented Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of California and La Sierra University. In addition, Mark is a former Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at National University, San Diego, California and is currently an Adjunct Professor with Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. Mark is also a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).PBS NOVA Now - The hidden science of mail-in voting