Black Box Voting, founded in 2003, is a nonpartisan investigative reporting and public education organization for elections.

“Proof of fraud”

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“Election officials wouldn’t let me see the ballots. Then they destroyed them, in violation of the law.” “Are you saying there was fraud?” “Election officials refused to report the number of votes by the legal deadline. When more votes showed up a day later, we could not find out where they came from.” “Are you saying there was fraud?” You…

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The Case of Dr. Laura Pressley – A Study in Texas Election Law


By Bev Harris and Jim Keller Human beings rely on one another for reality testing. Consensus is sometimes used to imply truth, but consensus is a dubious approach if a result is false. Election results can become false through error, outside “hacking,” or inside manipulation. The Texas legislature addressed election fraud as a concern when it passed laws to require…

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When is a recount a sham?

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Recounts provide a peaceful dispute mechanism to help ensure that elections will be free and fair and equal to all. But the mere act of having a recount is not what helps elections be free and fair. The recount must be accountable to the public and fully transparent. A recount doesn’t need a smoking gun, and never needs to be apologized for….

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About Recounts

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International election standards include, as part of free and fair elections, access to peaceful dispute mechanisms.1 Recounts check the accuracy of reported results. They do not require any specific anomalies, though questionable statistical results sometimes prompt candidates to request recounts. A different dispute resolution method, called a contest or an appeal, addresses anomalies with litigation. Lawsuits may address irregularities like…

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Fraction Magic Video

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A real-time demo of the most devastating election theft mechanism yet found, with context and explanation. Demonstration uses a real voting system and real vote databases and takes place in seconds across multiple jurisdictions. Over 5000 subcontractors and middlemen have the access to perform this for any or all clients. It can give contract signing authority to whoever the user…

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About Audits

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Election audits are a subset of the larger area of public interest auditing. Audits can improve public integrity by introducing a third party evaluation as to whether conditions exist that would facilitate material misstatement by any government employee or governmental agent. Because government is owned by the public and paid for with taxpayer money, there is exists  a public “right…

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Audits or Fraudits?

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Most of the activities termed “audits” in elections are not audits at all, but are really spot checks. An actual audit differs in these important ways: – It is holistic, cross-checking information from a variety of source documents; – Discrepancies trigger nonrestricted expansion of the audit; – The entity being audited is not allowed to constrain the audit; – A…

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Actions: The Brakey Method


Put the brakes on “mystery elections” once and for all. A simple 3-step method places public elections back under public control. THE BRAKEY METHOD Preserve and make public the “ballot images” — Modern voting systems take a picture of every ballot, called a “ballot image.” Peg the ballot image to the actual ballot using a unique ID number (not connected…

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Ballot Images – A new way to verify that results are true


This is already available in most systems. Laws are already on the books to authorize you to do this. It costs almost nothing and enables almost everyone to authenticate computerized voting system results. All that remains is cooperation (or court-ordered coercion) of public officials to force them to honor your rights. It is a one-two punch which makes it very…

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