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Elections Industry: Voting system technical material, manuals, troubleshooting

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[Last updated: 02/15/14] Are you wondering how electronic voting systems fit together? What an error message means when you see it on a voting machine? How voter lists work? How vulnerable the system used in your location is? Black Box Voting has been collecting hard-to-obtain details for 10 years. If you have obtained information, you may contribute it either anonymously…

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2014 Election Risk Analysis: Wyoming

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Next major election: Tuesday Aug. 19 Primary election RISK RATINGS Integrity Index: Rated 49th out of 50 states by the Better Government Association, with 50 the lowest rating.1 Election Risk Analysis: Significant, rated 5 out of 10, with 10 being highest risk.2 Special areas of concern: Wyoming is one of three states which acts as a corporate secrecy haven, rivaling…

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Online voting continues to be (not) a great idea

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[Updated 12/18/13] Internet voting can’t work alongside secrecy of the ballot. But online voting for legislators — because their ballot should never be secret from the public — would at least be transparent. In the US, a resolution was introduced in June 2013 (H.Res.287) for a measure that would let members vote remotely on noncontroversial bills. According to reporter Bryan…

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Chain of Custody for Recounts

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[12/16/13] – In the current Virginia recount, voting machine chain of custody deserves a closer look. A handful of men control chain of custody for crucial portions of the recount process, which in Virginia is conducted entirely by re-running the ballots through voting computers, with votes counted out of public view. Oh yes, observers may be able to watch activity,…

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India: Voting machine probe sought

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[UPDATED 12/15/13] – Electronic voting machines have come under scrutiny in two Indian states for alleged irregularities. Officials for a historically dominant political party, the Congress Party,1 have filed a complaint with the Election Commission calling for an independent forensic evaluation of voting machine programming. The state president of another political party has called for a ban on electronic voting…

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Elections in Hungary

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LAST UPDATED [12/15/13] – Next elections will be Parliamentary elections scheduled for Spring 2014. It will be the first election under the new Hungarian Constitution. RATINGS – Freedom: Rated 1 on a scale of 1-6, with 1 being most free. Overall civil liberties and political freedoms trended downward in 2010, due to passage of a controversial new constitution, with continuing…

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Elections in the United States

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LAST UPDATED [12/15/13] – The next general election in the US is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4 2014. Throughout 2014 leading up to the general election, primary elections will be held in each state, with considerable variation in dates. Greatest risk areas: Centralization of vote reporting and voting machine programming, with over 99 percent of all votes counted out of…

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Elections in Afghanistan

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LAST UPDATED [12/04/13] – The next election in Afghanistan is scheduled for April 5, 2014. Greatest risk areas: violence, and a national climate of corruption, from the President to the cop on the local street corner. RATINGS – Freedom: “Not free” rating 6 on a scale of 1-6, with 6 being least free.1 – Election Risk: Highest, rated 10 on…

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