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.
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.”
Coalition for Good Governance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization focused on election security and transparency.
Its Mission Statement is:
“The interests of The Coalition for Good Governance are constitutional liberties and the individual rights of citizens, with emphasis on First Amendment Rights, elections, government transparency and accountability, open records and open meetings, due process, and equal protection of the laws.
We will engage in litigation and inform legislative policy on these issues.
We will use generally available means of education and communication to illuminate and shape public debates.”
KEEP UP, AS THE Coalition for Good Governance KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK !!
The Voting News is a news service made possible by The Verified Voting Foundation
Aside from current news the site can filter pieces by categories such as state, voting rights and editorials.
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 sixteenth 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.”
This valuable 2018 report reviews the findings on internet voting insecurity
and recommends that the many states allowing it in some
form replace it.
See the Conclusion of the Report’s EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
“Until there is a major technological breakthrough in or fundamental change to the nature of the internet, the best method for securing elections is a tried-and-true one: mailed paper ballots. Paper ballots are not tamper-proof, but they are not vulnerable to the same wholesale fraud or manipulation associated with internet voting. Tampering with mailed paper ballots is a one-at-a-time attack. Infecting voters’ computers with malware or infecting the computers in the elections office that handle and count ballots are both effective methods for large-scale corruptionI.
Military voters undoubtedly face greater obstacles in casting their ballots. They deserve any help the government can give them to participate in democracy equally with all other citizens. However, in this threat-filled environment, online voting endangers the very democracy the U.S. military is charged with protecting.
Considering current technology and current threats, postal return of a voted ballot is the most responsible option. States that permit online return of voted ballots should suspend the practice. Federal agencies such as DHS and EAC should acknowledge the vulnerabilities introduced by permitting online voting and recommend that states curtail all online ballot return. Until they do, the integrity of Americans’ votes are at stake, and in many cases, the integrity of the election system is at risk.”