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Editorials: How the Open Source Election Technology Foundation is Remaking the Voter Experience | TechPresident

August 13, 2014

In its report released earlier this January, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration noted how an online registration tool developed by the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Foundation that being used by Virginia and groups like Rock the Vote “highlights the way that voter information can be entered by a user in one setting and, through a simple platform, seamlessly integrated with a state’s registration list.” Now, ahead of the 2014 midterms and with an eye to 2016, OSET”s Trust the Vote Project is stepping up its efforts to expand that functionality and other election

National: NCSL Launches Elections Administration Research Database | National Conference of State Legislatures

June 25, 2014

What is the impact of major court rulings on voter ID laws? How are states ensuring voter registration lists are accurate? Which new voting system designs are being developed for the marketplace? Finding these answers and other information about elections policy can quickly eat up the kind of time that a lawmaker, legislative staffer or elections administrator can hardly afford to spend. But that was life before the Elections Administration Research Database, a new tool launched today by the National Confere

Verified Voting Blog: New Voting Systems Standards Committee Steps into Election Data Void

June 20, 2014

What does the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have to do with elections? Glad you asked. IEEE, or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Along with its major educational and publishing activities, IEEE is one of the leading standards-making organizations in the world.

National: DoD won’t release e-voting penetration tests | Politico

June 17, 2014

Officials have yet to release the results of a 2011 set of penetration tests on Internet voting software conducted by the Department of Defense, prompting election watchdogs to ask what the Pentagon might be hiding. A few months after the 2011 tests, an official said the results would be publicly available, and a year later, another said the first release was slated by the end of 2012.

National: How Block Chain Technology Could Usher in Digital Democracy | CoinDesk

June 17, 2014

In the digital age, it seems strange that people all around the world still use paper to vote. Of course, given bitcoin’s promise to remove paper from the financial system, many in the industry are beginning to ask if the same block chain technology can be applied to help modernize the democratic process. … Forget it, says Barbara Simons. “At this point we cannot do Internet voting securely,” warns the former IBM computer scientist who has conducted extensive research into Internet voting.

Voting Blogs: States, counties, NGOs roll out more technology to help voters | electionlineWeekly

May 30, 2014

With the primary season in full swing, it has been a busy spring for state and local elections offices in their efforts to make voting/registering easier for citizens. Like the trees and flowers coming into season, new websites and mobile apps have been blooming from coast to coast. For some a lot of this may be old hat, but it’s important to take notice of these new apps/sites to highlight the progress being made in the elections field; and to encourage others who may late bloomers to get the ball rolling with their own tech improvements. What follows is a snapshot of

Editorials: Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box | Pamela Smith and Bruce McConnell/Wall Street Journal

May 29, 2014

While most voters will cast their ballots at polling stations in November, online voting has been quietly and rapidly expanding in the United States over the last decade. Over 30 states and territories allow some form of Internet voting (such as by email or through a direct portal) for some classes of voters, including members of the military or absentees. Utah just passed a law allowing disabled voters to vote online; and Alaska allows anyone to cast their ballots online.

National: Technology Makes Voting Less Private | Government Technology

May 23, 2014

Where is the line between technology and voter privacy? Secret ballots are one of the tenets of voting, and as technology moves forward there’s a push to keep voting secret, with Monroe County poll sites banning cellphones and photos of the ballots themselves. But what happens once a vote is cast, and it becomes one point in a data set about voting trends throughout the region?

Editorials: American elections are stuck in the 20th century. Here’s how to change that. | Timothy B. Lee/Vox

May 21, 2014

In the wake of the disastrous Florida recount in 2000, Congress appropriated billions of dollars for states to upgrade their voting equipment. A lot of states used this bonanza to purchase shiny new electronic voting machines. But those machines haven’t always worked out as well as their backers hoped, and a decade later they’re showing their age.

National: Democratic Party considers Internet voting in 2016 election | Examiner.com

May 16, 2014

Democrats are seriously considering using the Internet for voters to cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election saying such a process will help their party’s new president, according to news reports on Saturday. The party leaders during a recent Democratic National Committee meeting in Iowa claimed Internet voting would make it easier for their constituents to cast their ballots including military voters serving overseas. … But such a revision to the nation’s election system will be difficult once the debate takes a more prominent place within political dialogue.

National: Problem at the polls: Tech stuck in past | The Hill

May 8, 2014

In the world of iPads, Google Glass and even bitcoin, voting technology remains stuck in a virtual dark age. Nearly 14 years after the 2000 election recount debacle in Florida, election officials now face the challenge of replacing voting machines that are on their last legs in a rapidly changing tech world that’s moved even beyond the changes spurred by that voting mess. Transitioning to modern voting machines, however, won’t be easy due to a lack of advanced machines, small budgets and a burdensome regulatory process. The next frontier to replace aging and unreliabl

Online Voter Registration Grows in 2014 | The Canvass

April 27, 2014

States are still lining up to begin their digital dance with online voter registration.

So far this year, legislators in 14 states filed bills to launch or tweak a paperless voter registration process; 10 of those bills are still active. Nebraska this month became the latest state to allow online voter registration through LB 661 by Senator Bob Krist.

Election Tech Tuesday: Election Officials Struggle With Voting Machine Expirations | Pew Charitable Trusts State and Consumer Inititiatives

April 25, 2014

A generation of voting machines is approaching the end of its life span. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 established new standards for voting equipment and set aside funds to help states and counties purchase more technologically advanced systems. Before the act was passed, jurisdictions purchased voting technology on a rolling basis, with only a fraction buying new equipment at any given time. Now many of these machines will need to be replaced simultaneously across the country at a cost of millions of dollars.

The Democracy Restoration Act: Securing Voting Rights for All | Brennen Center for Justice

April 15, 2014

The right to vote is at the heart of our American democracy. Political participation by citizens is the great equalizer — it is the one thing that allows all Americans, no matter how powerful or weak, to make decisions about who will lead and who will help to advance their interests and protect their families. On April 10, Congress took an important step towards ensuring that this crucial right becomes available to even more Americans. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep.

Meet TrustTheVote, A Project To Make Voting Open Source And Transparent | TechCrunch

April 14, 2014

How was your last voting experience? Smooth? Perhaps not. The Open Source Election Technology Foundation wants to change that by making voting simpler and more transparent. Its chief effort, called TrustTheVote, is a push to develop airtight, open-source vote casting and tabulation software that can be paired with off-the-shelf hardware.

Microsoft Co-Founder Allen Bets on Online Voting; Funds Scytl | Wall Street Journal

April 9, 2014

People bank online and do their taxes online. But not many vote online. On Monday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen‘s venture-capital fund said it was betting that online voting will win over skeptics worried about security and gradually become the norm for elections world-wide. Vulcan Capital’s growth equity fund, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said it will invest $40 million in Scytl, a digital voting services company based in Barcelona with customers in more than 30 countries, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft by security flaw in key encryption technology | StarTribune

April 9, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.

National: Verified Voting Marks 10 Years of Safeguarding US Elections | Scoop News

March 21, 2014

In 2004, Verified Voting began working to make U.S. voting systems more secure. The organization sprang from the energy created when founder David Dill issued the Resolution on Electronic Voting, which today has 10,000+ endorsers including top computer security experts and elected officials.

Voting Blogs: Overseas Vote Foundation studies new remote voting program | electionlineWeekly

March 7, 2014

Making sure every vote counts and every vote is secure is of the utmost importance to all elections officials. When the voters are members of our military or residents serving and living abroad, the counting of those votes is as important, it’s just a bit more complex. Through the years there have been a variety of legislative measures such as the MOVE Act to make sure that ballots are sent to and accepted from overseas voters in a timely fashion. There have been some attempts — some somewhat successful, some not-so-much — to create secure systems for overseas residen

National: Voting rights for felons on the table in several states | USAToday

February 28, 2014

Kentucky could be heading for a historic change this year as it moves closer to abolishing its law banning felons from voting, thanks to a bipartisan effort in the state Capitol and a big assist from Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. The state has long had among the most restrictive felon voting rules, thus disenfranchising a high percentage of its voting-age population.

National: Digital voting machines are aging out of use | USAToday

February 3, 2014

Lori Edwards needs a new voting system for Polk County, Fla., where she is the supervisor of elections for 360,000 registered voters. She has just two problems: There is no money in the budget, and there is nothing she wants to buy. Edwards faces what a bipartisan federal commission has identified as an “impending crisis” in American elections. After a decade of use, a generation of electronic voting equipment is about to wear out and will cost tens of millions to replace.

National: Bipartisan presidential panel suggests ways to improve elections | Los Angeles Times

January 23, 2014

States should allow online voter registration and create more opportunities to cast ballots before election day, according to a report issued Wednesday by a bipartisan commission formed to address long lines and other troubles at the polls in 2012. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration made its recommendations in a 112-page report to President Obama. The commission — led by longtime Washington attorneys Robert F. Bauer, a Democrat, and Benjamin L.

Voting Blogs: New Overseas Vote Foundation Project to Examine Remote Online Voting | Election Academy

December 26, 2013

Last week, the Overseas Vote Foundation announced the launch of a new project aimed at taking a research-based approach to the question of whether or not absentee ballots can be securely cast over the Internet. Thanks to generous funding from the Democracy Fund, the project will be an opportunity to answer key questions about the feasibility of meeting growing calls for remote online voting.

National: Expanding high-tech voting for ’14 | Politico.com

December 2, 2013

It may be a while before Americans can tweet their ballot or text their vote, but states are making strides to move elections from the voting booth into the hands — and even mobile devices — of voters. Across the country, states are gearing up to implement new voter technologies for 2014, as they attempt to advance the ballot-casting experience to catch up with the Facebook generation. The efforts range from bringing tablets to disabled voters to providing ballots through email and secure online systems to allowing voters to register online. One of the most significan

Election Recommendations for a Presidential Commission

September 16, 2013

For nearly two years, a collection of election officials, civil rights advocates and reform groups have come together as part of an initiative known as the Future of California Elections (FOCE) to work on making the state’s voting process more effective and expand voter participation across all of California’s communities.

National: Electronic voting machines becoming obsolete | The Salt Lake Tribune

September 9, 2013

How will voters cast ballots in the future? ”That is the million-dollar question when I meet with other election officers and directors,” said Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), making available billions of dollars in funding for states to purchase electronic voting machines — then new and controversial technology aimed at eliminating a repeat of the hanging-chad debacle of the 2000 presidential election. ”The manufacturer is no longer building them,” Thomas said of the 7,500 electronic machines the state pu

Editorials : Voting Requires Vigilance. Popular Isn’t Always Prudent | CT News Junkie

January 23, 2013

One third of Americans vote on machines, without the paper ballots we use in Connecticut. Our president is chosen based on faith in those unverifiable machines, vote accounting, and unequal enfranchisement in 50 independent states and the District of Columbia. In 2000, we witnessed the precarious underpinnings of this state-by-state voting system combined with the flawed mechanism of the 12th Amendment and the Electoral Accounting Act. The Supreme Court ruled votes could not be recounted in Florida, because even that single state did not have uniform recount procedures.

Voting Tech Standards: What Legislators Need to Know

January 23, 2013

NCSL predicts that voting technology will be a growing concern for state legislators in 2013—and that it will continue as a concern for the next several years. Why? Because most jurisdictions bought new voting equipment in the mid-2000s and now that equipment is limping along and may need to be replaced....

http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/the-canvass-january...

The Election Disaster That Wasn’t: America’s poorly designed ballots could have bungled the 2012 election | Slate Magazine

January 19, 2013

The shambolic state of ballot design in America remains a potent threat to our democracy. Richard L.

Election, Tech Experts to Obama: Yes, “We Need to Fix That,” But E-Voting Not the Answer

December 7, 2012

Groups Warn Against Hasty Action on Internet Voting in Response to Long Lines, Technical Glitches in November

Recount Roulette. We risk an election meltdown worse than the Florida 2000 debacle when the presidential election came down to hanging chads and chaos.

November 4, 2012

We risk an election meltdown worse than the Florida 2000 debacle when the presidential election came down to hanging chads and chaos. This time we are looking at another razor close result and perhaps another recount.

However, if a recount is required in either of two key states -- Virginia and Pennsylvania -- we risk catastrophe, because most of those votes will be cast on paperless voting machines that are impossible to recount.

Estelle Rogers reflecting on the life of Nicholas Katzenbach

May 10, 2012

NICHOLAS KATZENBACH

By Estelle Rogers

Video: President Lyndon Johnson - Speech on Voting Rights

December 15, 2011

This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxEauRq1WxQ) is part of President Johnson’s March 15, 1965, speech before Congress on Voting Rights. He begins by talking about the ‘dignity of man and the destiny of Democracy.’ The clip ends with him saying, “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.”

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote...petitions UN over 'massive voter suppression'

December 6, 2011

From The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote

Civil rights group petitions UN over 'massive voter suppression' after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/civil-rights-naacp-voter-war...

NAACP report; Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America,

December 5, 2011

Press release includes:

On December 5, 2011, the NAACP released a new report revealing direct connections between the trend of increasing, unprecedented African American and Latino voter turnout and an onslaught of restrictive measures across the country designed to stem electoral strength among communities of color.

TN: Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround

December 1, 2011

Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround

http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2011/nashville-homeless-man-says-he-got-voter-id-runaround/

 

Al Star, a Nashville homeless man, says he got the runaround from the Department of Safety when he attempted a few days before Thanksgiving to apply for a free state identification to vote,

 

AP report: South Carolina voter ID law hits some black precincts harder

October 18, 2011

SC voter ID law hits some black precincts harder


New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?

September 7, 2011

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?

http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=2072649339b2bb3b19d3...

Electoral Fraud or Fraudulent Rhetoric: An Analysis of Jurisprudential and Political Arguments Over Voter Photo Identification Laws

August 9, 2011

Electoral Fraud or Fraudulent Rhetoric: An Analysis of Jurisprudential and Political Arguments Over Voter Photo Identification Laws

 

Andrew Winerman

University of Virginia - School of Law

Letter from 100 U.S. Representatives to the Department of Justice

July 24, 2011

Letter to the Department of Justice from 100 U.S. Representatives urging that it “protect the voting rights of Americans by using the full power of the Department of Justice to review these voter identification bills and scrutinize their implementation.  http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/House-Voter-ID-Letter.pdf

Losing Democracy in Cyberspace. Voting computers, like heads of state, must be held accountable to the people they serve.

April 2, 2011

By Penny Venetis, NorthJersey.com

T HAS BEEN nothing short of astonishing that, within a few weeks, the brave people of Tunisia and Egypt toppled corrupt dictators who ruled for decades.

One of the protesters' key demands was for democratic elections — the right to choose a government that is responsive to the people's needs. That is also what protesters in Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Jordan and Libya are demanding as they call for the dissolution of their autocratic and oppressive governments.

A decade after Florida fiasco, voting remains a hodgepodge

October 27, 2010

USA Today Opinion

Call it the Board of Elections' prayer: Let the weather be clear, let the turnout be heavy and let everyone who wins, win big.

The desire for clear-cut victories reflects election officials' awareness that razor-tight races magnify the foul-ups at the polls — late openings, lost ballots, machine malfunctions — that disenfranchise voters.

So where does the art of vote-counting stand a decade after the mother of all foul-ups, the Florida recount that left the nation without a president-elect for five weeks after the 2000 election?

Will Online Voting Turn Into an Election Day Debacle?

October 14, 2010

By Alex Altman, Time

A little more than 24 hours after online ballots started pouring into the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections and Ethics in late September, it became apparent that something was amiss. Washington's newly elected U.S. Representative went by the name of Colossus. A villainous computer from science-fiction lore captured the city-council chairmanship. And 15 seconds after voters cast their ballots, they were serenaded by the University of Michigan fight song. The system had been hacked.

Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial

October 3, 2010

By Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of "give it your best shot." Well, the hackers gave it their best shot -- and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing "usability issues brought to our attention."

Voting System Failures: A Database Solution.

September 14, 2010

Recent, recurring voting machine breakdowns, as well as the failure to catch them and ensure that solutions are publicized widely, show the need for a national, searchable database to collect and disseminate information on system defects, a new Brennan Center study finds. Ten years after the Florida election mess of 2000 and eight years after the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the government has invested billions on new voting equipment; still voting machine malfunctions – and resulting lost votes -- persist every election cycle.

Time for feds to step in on e-voting

August 15, 2010

Sharon Machlis
Machlis Musings, Computerworld

If there's a question whether votes were counted properly but voting machines don't have a voter-verified paper trail, how can there be a meaningful recount? If someone suspects that vote-counting software has malfunctioned, how can we ensure results were accurate without an independent backup?

With national Congressional elections less than three months away, this is not a theoretical question.

State Election Officials: Recountable Process A Must for Overseas Voters

July 26, 2010

A National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Resolution Urges the Measured Utilization of Available Technology and Best Practices in the Security and Conduct of Elections Embracing the Participation of Military & Overseas (UOCAVA) Voters

WHEREAS, the more than six million American citizens living and working abroad comprise an important voting segment in U.S. elections, and;

Department of Justice releases guidelines for implementation of NVRA. Guidelines could add thousands to the voter rolls nationwide

July 14, 2010

By M. Mindy Moretti, Electionline Weekly, a project of the Pew Center on the States.

Seventeen years after Congress approved the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) — otherwise known as “Motor Voter” — the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a set of guidelines for implementation as part of its enforcement of the Act.

“The Voter Registration Requirements of Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), Questions and Answers,” detail what states must do in order to offer the voter registration services required by the law.

On the South Carolina Primary. A call for recountable, auditable voting systems

June 14, 2010

From the Verified Voting Foundation.

Last week’s surprising outcome in a party primary in South Carolina for United States Senate was accompanied by anecdotal reports of voting problems on election day, and many questions about the accuracy of the vote count.

The American Statistical Association Releases Statemnent on Audits

April 26, 2010

American Statistical Association Statement on Risk-Limiting Post-Election Audits

Poorly marked ballots, computer glitches, and voting system configuration errors can make machine vote counts diverge from voters' intentions. By comparing hand counts of randomly selected ballots with machine tallies, we can judge whether a full hand count would show the same winners. Such audits can improve trust in our elections. Statisticians can help design efficient audits that save taxpayers' money and election officials’ time.

Antitrust and Your Vote

March 9, 2010

New York Times Editorial

When the nation’s largest voting machine manufacturer, Election Systems and Software, acquired the voting machine business of Diebold, the nation’s second-largest manufacturer, it set off alarms for anyone who cares about election integrity. The combination meant that 70 percent of the nation’s voting machines would be provided by just one company.

Citizens United v. FEC: Time for a Free Speech for People Amendment?

January 20, 2010

Jeff Clements American Constitution Society Blog Jan 21 2010

The Business of Voting Machines

September 8, 2009

New York Times Editorial

Diebold announced last week that it has sold its United States voting machine division to its main rival, Election Systems & Software.

Given Diebold’s troubling record, it is hard to lament its departure from American elections, but this sale could make a bad situation worse. Regulators should take a hard look at the anticompetitive implications. And Congress, the states and cities need to push a lot harder for fundamental reforms in the voting machine business and the way Americans vote.

NYT's: House leadership should make passing Mr. Holt’s bill a priority.

June 21, 2009

This editorial was published in the New York Times on June 22, 2009.

Electronic voting machines that do not produce a paper record of every vote cast cannot be trusted. In 2008, more than one-third of the states, including New Jersey and Texas, still did not require all votes to be recorded on paper. Representative Rush Holt has introduced a good bill that would ban paperless electronic voting in all federal elections. Congress should pass it while there is still time to get ready for 2010.

A Voting Rights Disaster?

October 27, 2008

By Christopher Edley Jr., the Washington Post

Suppose in your neighborhood there are 600 registered voters per machine, while across town there are only 120 per machine. (That's a 5 to 1 disparity, which is what exists in some places in Virginia today.) On Election Day, your line wraps around the block and looks to be a four-hour wait, while in other areas lines are nonexistent.

EmTech 08: Audits, Open Source Needed With E-voting

September 24, 2008

by Elizabeth Heichler, PC World

U.S. jurisdictions using electronic voting systems this November would do well to implement routine post-election auditing and press for open-source software to help ensure fair votes in the future, said e-voting experts at the Technology Review EmTech conference on Thursday.

Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure

August 23, 2008

 

WASHINGTON — Disclosure of an election computer glitch that could drop ballot totals for entire precincts is stirring new worries that an unofficial laboratory testing system failed for years to detect an array of flaws in $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment sold nationwide since 2003.

VotersUnite.org: Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections

August 18, 2008

By VotersUnite.org

“As we approach the 2008 general election, the structure of elections in the United States — once reliant on local representatives accountable to the public — has become almost wholly dependent on large corporations, which are not accountable to the public,” states a report released today by VotersUnite.Org, entitled “Vendors Are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections.”

Planning to E-Vote? Read This First

August 17, 2008

With less than three months before the presidential election, the hotly contested state, Ohio, along with others, continue to have problems with E-voting technology

by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American
August 18th, 2008

A Bad Electronic Voting Bill

August 2, 2008

This editorial is published in the August 3, 2008 New York Times.

Congress has stood idly by while states have done the hard work of trying to make electronic voting more reliable. Now the Senate is taking up a dangerous bill introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Robert Bennett, Republican of Utah, that would make things worse in the name of reform. If Congress will not pass a strong bill, it should apply the medical maxim: first, do no harm.

A Tale of Three (Electronic Voting) Elections

July 30, 2008

Electronic voting has made great strides in reliability, but it has a long way to go. When reformers push for greater safeguards, they often argue that future elections could produce the wrong result because of a computer glitch or be stolen through malicious software. That’s being too nice.

Check That Vote

July 15, 2008

The New York Times Editorial

Electronic voting is notoriously vulnerable to technical glitches and vote theft. By now, most states have passed good laws requiring paper records of every vote cast — an important safeguard. But that is not enough. States also need strong audit laws to ensure that machine totals are vigilantly checked against the paper records. That is the only way that voters will be able to trust electronic voting.

Voting System Standards: All Form and No Substance

June 13, 2008

By John Washburn  
This article was posted at
Washburn's World and is reposted here with permission of the author.

Brennan Center Criticizes Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Indiana Voter ID Law

April 27, 2008

While Court Leaves Door Open For Future Challenges to Restrictive ID Laws, Center Calls on Lawmakers Across Country to Enact Laws That Protect the Right to Vote

Today the Brennan Center for Justice criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's voter identification law  the strictest in the country  but noted that the decision did not give other states a blank check to block eligible voters.  The Brennan Center called on lawmakers across the country to reject similar laws and to pass affirmative legislation protecting the right to vote.

Americans still wary of voting machines for 2008

March 22, 2008

by Rob LeverAgence France-Presse via Inquirer.net
 

WASHINGTON--Eight years after glitches marred the 2000 presidential elections, Americans are still struggling over voting machine technology amid growing concerns about the reliability of electronic systems.

Following the Paper Trail - Case study examines five states' efforts to limit paperless voting

February 20, 2008

By PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report by electionline.org details how five states that implemented electronic voting have chosen or are considering statewide paper-based optical scan systems.

"Back to Paper" explores the process by which California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Ohio -- having adopted electronic voting systems -- subsequently decided to de-certify, re-examine or re-think their use.

Can You Count On These Machines?

January 5, 2008

By Clive Thompson, The New York Times Magazine

Jane Platten gestured, bleary-eyed, into the secure room filled with voting
machines. It was 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, and she had been working for 22 hours
straight. "I guess we've seen how technology can affect an election," she
said. The electronic voting machines in Cleveland were causing trouble
again.

Election Audit Summit Brings Together Statisticians, Election Officials and Advocates

November 6, 2007

Note: Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota was a co-sponsor and the host organization for this national audit summit - the first of its kind.

by Pamela W. Smith, President, Verified Voting Foundation  

Voting Out E-Voting Machines

November 2, 2007

by Tim PadgettTime Magazine  

Nationwide Study Grades and Ranks Campaign Disclosure in the 50 States

October 16, 2007

By California Voter Foundation   

Paperless Voting is an Accident Waiting to Happen

October 4, 2007

By Warren StewartVerifiedVoting.org
 

As they prepare to spend millions of dollars in re-election campaigns, members of Congress should be asking themselves “Do I want to be Christine Jennings?”

Susan Davis Proposes Amendment to Restrict the Use of Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines

September 12, 2007

By Warren Stewart, VerifiedVoting.org     

“It is my hope that Congress will address this issue in the near future. Our democracy is too important to ignore this issue any longer.”

New Report Finds States Not Doing Enough to Ensure Accurate Count on Electronic Voting Machines

July 31, 2007

Random Post Election-Audits of Paper Records and Machines Essential to Ensuring Integrity of the Vote

Brennan Center for Justice
Contact: Jonathan Rosen, Berlin Rosen - Public Affairs - (646)452-5637  

Statistics Can Help Ensure Accurate Elections - Report Released

June 10, 2007

Through the American Statistical Association’s Science and Public Affairs Advisory Committee and special interest group on volunteerism, a number of statisticians are working to improve the accuracy of elections. What follows is a summary of the role of statistics in elections. Work is ongoing to address these points in detail.

David Marker, John Gardenier, and Arlene Ash
President's Invited Column for Amstat.org

Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud

April 10, 2007

By Ian Urbina, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, April 10 — A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.

Leaders In the Disability Rights Community Call Electronic Ballot Systems "Inappropriate for Use."

March 15, 2007

Seattle, WA- A statement prepared by Noel Runyan and endorsed by a growing number of signatories shows that many in the disabilities community oppose the use of Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting systems, thus challenging the claim that this constituency supports DREs.

Testimony to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

February 8, 2007

By Lowell Finley, Deputy Secretary of State of alifornia,Voting Systems Technology and Policy

Our Election System Is Broken. Can the New Congress Fix It?

January 14, 2007

Our Election System Is Broken. Can the New Congress Fix It?
By Warren Stewart, Washington Spectator

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