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Dec. 02, 2016: We saw this one coming: Lawsuit filed against Wisconsin recount on equal protection grounds; Wisconsin allowing wide variations in how the ballots are counted. … lawsuit filed against Michigan recounts as well … links  Dec. 01, 2016: Increasing Wisconsin recount  red flags: Outagamie County Wisconsin double whammy: reported wrong results on Election Night and now refuses to allow human eyes on the recount ballots … Also, seeing scattered reports that the certified Pennsylvania results dropped about one-third of Trump’s votes from the unofficial totals.  …  links
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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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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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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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2005-10-14: (GA) Software Slows Vote Counting

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(Original article 10/14/2005) According to a report by the Associated Press1 which raises more questions than it answers, new software was incorporated into Georgia’s Diebold touch-screen voting system in Spring 2005, slowing down the count for as much as 24 hours. The AP reports: Ballot-counting in next month’s Georgia elections may be slowed by security software, some local officials say….

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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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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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