Category Archives: ADVOCACY

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Actions: The Brakey Method

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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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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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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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2014/03/11 (CA) How to increase voter list accuracy and transparency in California

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Black Box Voting remarks submitted for California 3/11/14 meeting on Senate Select Committee on Science, Innovation and Public Policy To: Senator Padilla From: Black Box Voting Submitted March 11, 2014 I am the director of Black Box Voting, a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan election transparency organization. I respectfully submit the following remarks for the meeting of the Senate Select Committee on…

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2014/01/11 (AK) Concerns about potential procedural changes for Anchorage elections

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Letter of concern pertaining to three potential procedural changes pending for Anchorage, the electoral region which dominates the state of Alaska, and controls most of Alaska’s vote-counting equipment. (Result: Right to observe and use mobile devices was preserved after proposed rollback of rights.) Black Box Voting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public education and research organization for election transparency. From: Bev…

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