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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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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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About Chain of Custody

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Elections chain of custody refers to physical and electronic evidence controls for: – who can vote – who did vote – actual ballots as marked by each voter, and – evidence transfer and storage Dispute resolution (recounts or litigation) and law enforcement measures need authentic evidentiary records. Proper accounting requires chain of custody measures, which auditors use to assess information…

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Voter Data Breaches

2016-01-07 – Voter data breaches

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Your voter information is sometimes stolen by burglars. Sometimes it gets hacked, sometimes leaked. Occasionally employees take it home. Sometimes it gets lost, and sometimes it gets found by someone else. For these reasons, we should be judicious about what information we require for a voter registration, how voter lists can be used, and how they are protected. Nowadays that old,…

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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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City of Cumming, Georgia joins municipality-based attack on Freedom of Information rights

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[Last updated 03/02/14] In April, 2012 the city of Cumming, Georgia blocked a citizen journalist from videotaping open meetings; in Dec. 2013, nearly two years later, the matter was still under mediation. Open meetings around the USA are frequently not only videotaped, but aired on public access TV. Videotaping is a crucial part of freedom of information because it captures…

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Pakistan: Simple innovations improve voter list accuracy, turnout, and reduce fraud

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An award-winning voting rights innovation improved voter lists in Pakistan, where an SMS mobile phone text-messaging system got voters to interact with voter lists to correct errors and see where to vote. Out of 85 million registered voters, the SMS system got 55 million hits; voter turnout increased, and marginalized groups like persons with disabilities measurably increased election engagement. In…

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(US-UT) Voter Lists: Legislation proposes to ban public transparency for voter lists

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An important news item by in the Salt Lake Tribune reports on Utah State Sen. Karen Mayne’s attempt to stop publication of voter information. The reporter should have covered both sides of the issue, because the proposed legislation removes a crucial transparency component for Utah elections. The article, titled “Bill aims to stop publication of voter information”,1 reports that: –…

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