Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?
By Douglas W. Jones and Barbara Simons
CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA
This valuable work starts with a history of use of technology in elections — of special interest to the technologist — and continues with many chapters on our recent electronic voting history as it relates to election integrity issues – made the richer because the authors were often participants as events unfolded.
— National —
The Verified Voting organization has two components: VerifiedVoting.org, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit lobbying organization and The Verified Voting Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. You may access both from VerifiedVoting.org.
From their About page:
“VerifiedVoting.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes are in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems. We connect those who are making and implementing policy that shapes how we vote to those who understand the particular risks associated with the emerging digital landscape, particularly on-line and electronic voting…”
About the Verified Voting Foundation:
“Verified Voting’s mission is “Safeguarding elections in the digital age.” We are a non-governmental organization working toward accuracy, integrity and verifiability of elections…The Verified Voting Foundation, Inc. is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
“Since its founding in 2003 by Stanford computer science professor David L. Dill, the Verified Voting Foundation has worked at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that all votes in U.S. elections are cast and counted accurately. By bringing national attention to the need for publicly verifiable voting systems, VVF gives voice to both scientists and concerned citizens who are concerned about the challenge that paperless electronic voting presents to the ongoing integrity of elections. VVF stakeholders share a desire that technologies be employed in ways that enhance, rather than compromise, the trustworthiness of our electoral process.”
From the welcome message written by Bev Harris, Founder:
“Black Box Voting, founded in 2004, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative reporting and public education organization for elections.
“We are supported entirely by small citizen donations…
“Influential reporting by Black Box Voting is referenced worldwide. We became known for our groundbreaking work on electronic voting machines, which can remove transparency of the vote count; our other important work pertains to voter lists, election chain of custody, transparency problems with absentee voting, election industry corporate governance, and financial accountability in elections.
“Opaque, non-transparent voting can afflict voter lists, poll lists, vote counting and chain of custody; political finance can also be “black box.” The road to better transparency begins with knowledge and public, grassroots dedication. I am glad you are here!”
— Colorado —
The Election Quality News is a website that monitors election quality “from Colorado and beyond.” An excellent springboard for investigating issues of election quality and integrity, especially at the local and regional level.
The Voting News, which is a news service of the Verified Voting Foundation, lists various sources of voting-related news, and includes a weekly newsletter, national and international voting-related news, editorials, and blogs.
The Brad Blog, written by Brad Friedman, is independent of corporate or foundation funds, and often has original news stories on election integrity or lack thereof, as well as other topics.
Below is a quote from the site:
“The BRAD BLOG is a 100% independent investigative news, journalism, blogging, muckraking and trouble-making outlet, now in our tenth year!
“We focus on issues such as election reform, media reform, social justice, the environment, accountability, good government and rights and freedoms, in a way that no other outlet does.”
By Charles E. Corry, Ph.D, F.G.S.A, President, Equal Justice Foundation
Charles E. Corry is an accomplished scientist who, eschewing the pedantic, writes about the serious problems with electronics in voting and voting registration; and with mail ballots. He has served on the Voting Equipment Standards Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers since 2001.