All posts by Bev Harris

2008/01/07 – New Hampshire election credibility

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Sancho: Oh my. Wynne: Oh. Oh no! Pynchon: What is it? What is it? Wynne: Seven “yes,” one “no”!  (Ballots: Six “no,” one “yes”) Pynchon: Oh my god! This video calls into question the accountability of New Hampshire elections. Most New Hampshire vote counts are not observable. Votes have been counted on the Diebold Accuvote ballot scanner technology, which can…

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About Purchasing

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Purchasing is the act of procuring goods, services or works from an external source. Public purchases should be: • Needed • Of good quality • Purchased at the best possible cost. Public bodies often put out an “RFP” (Request for Purchase), or bid process in which companies must submit a proposed request, all using the same requirements, and generally unable to see…

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About Role Models

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A role model is a person who leads by example. Because elections are multi-faceted, people with different kinds of expertise can become highly effective using their own unique skill set. Being a role model does not require wealth or a powerful position; anybody from the community has the potential to become an outstanding election integrity role model. “Never doubt that…

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About Advocacy

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Advocacy aims to influence decisions, engaging in a series of actions to change “what is” into a “what should be.” There are several approaches to advocacy. SEE ADVOCACY EXAMPLES   Advocacy strategies can: – Question the way policy is administered – Open up space for public argumentation. – Influence agendas by raising significant issues – Target political systems that are…

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About Election Observation

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Election observation helps to assess the fairness, transparency, and lawful conduct of an election process. Observers do not interfere, and while they do not directly prevent electoral fraud, they may act as a deterrent. • The primary function of election observation is to record and report problems with election integrity. • It’s important to observe the entire process — before,…

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About Organizing

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Organizing to achieve better election integrity involves coming together into a group, or social network, that acts in shared interest. In general, connecting with and building a network amplifies power. • Organizing can aim to create a durable organization, or it can be less formal and more temporary in character. • Organizing can promote consensus building, which may be viewed…

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About Research

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Election integrity research is any systematic investigation to discover facts or collect information in order to improve election transparency, fairness and accountability. Research includes methods such as observation to document election problems; case studies; quotations from experts and witnesses; tests, photo / video evidence, collection of costs and statistics. Some useful research sources are: • Public records • Video and…

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About Technology

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Technology can make elections more accountable to the public, or less transparent, depending on how it is used. Technology to improve public accountability and transparency of elections: Technologies to enable on-the-spot video or photo capture of results, processes, or irregularities can help enormously to deter misconduct. Rapid, dispersed communication, enabled through electronic communication, can time-stamp information, making it more difficult…

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2013-04-23: (CA) Testimony by Tom Courbat opposing Internet voting bill

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Here is an example of carefully researched, professional, and articulate advocacy: Testimony by Tom Courbat before the California Assembly Elections Committee opposing AB 19, an Internet voting bill. My name is Tom Courbat. I am the former Finance Director for Riverside County, California and am a 100% disabled Army veteran. I have been monitoring elections for seven (7) years and was…

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Election Protection Tools: Voter Lists – Mobile app

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WHEN: Several months before the election;  HOW: To improve the list of who can vote, create and publicize a mobile phone app to let everyone easily check the accuracy of voter registration information. This election protection tool was used successfully in Pakistan, by activating an SMS mobile phone text-messaging system available to everyone with access to a mobile phone. It helped correct voter list…

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