Wednesday, October 20, 2010

reports of problems observed firsthand
Election systems aren't perfect. They need to be monitored. Problems need to be reported, corrected.

But like many tasks today, there are too few hands for the job. And the job is getting more and more complex.

You can help.

First, report any problem you encounter—during campaigning, voter registration, balloting, or any other time.

Second, publish your report widely. This not only alerts fellow voters to immediate pitfalls, it helps build a database for revamping the system.

Our Hotsheet lets you publish your report instantly—complete, intact, unfiltered—directly to fellow voters, troubleshooters, journalists, researchers, and other interested observers.

Our site makes it easy to—

Call a hotline for immediate help.
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Low Tech Voting Gets "Thumbs Up"


Low-Tech Voting Gets "Thumbs Up"

Chicago--With elections approaching, the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project (IBIP) has this advice for voters:

1) Vote in person, not by mail.

2) Vote on election day, not earlier.

3) Vote on a paper ballot, not on a touch-screen voting machine.

"These three steps will help protect your ballot from loss, damage, and alteration," says IBIP Director of Technology, Roy Lipscomb. "The longer the delay between the casting of a ballot and the counting of a ballot, the greater the chance of mishaps."

This risk is not abated by election-day voting on touch-screen voting machines. The tenuous reliability of such machines has led to their being banned by Florida, California, and other states--plus countries like Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

To compensate, such machines are now commonly required to back up their digitized votes by printing a paper copy. But this remedy falls short.

* Only a small percentage of votes ever get audited (usually 5% or less),   so it's rare that paper copies ever get consulted.

* Most voters do not verify the paper copy of their votes.

* Many paper copies turn out to be defective.

* Even if the paper copy exactly matches the digital copy,
  both may be spurious.

"Protect your votes from going AWOL," says Lipscomb. "Vote in person, on election day--and with a paper ballot."

The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is a non-partisan grassroots organization pushing for election systems that are fully transparent, accurate, and verified. Their homepage is

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Telephone Hotlines


Election Protection Coalition
Year-round voting info and help.
On Nov 2, attorneys will be on call
to address problems at the polls.


Massachusetts Secretary of State —
Elections Division

Ask for Michelle Tassinari, Director of Elections, Legal Counsel to the Secretary of State


Contact your local election officials here.
This link will take you to each city and town in Massachusetts, with phones, faxes, and email addresses of election officials/clerks.

Find out here where you vote
This also shows you who is on the ballot and who your elected officials are now.

Where to Upload Video/Audio Reports

* After uploading a file, be sure to post its link in your report. *

Each VideoTheVote video should be between 30 seconds long and 3 minutes long.

YouTube (If you have a YouTube account.)
Each YouTube video can be up to 2 gigabytes in size and 15 minutes in length. (Alternative to the above two.)
Each file can be up to 100 megabytes in size.

Each file can be up to 100 megabytes in size.

Reports and Comments


Sheila Parks said...

Opened for reports and comments 9/12/10

Anonymous said...

So I went to vote today during the middle of the day (Ashland, MA high school), and when I walked up to the Accu-Vote machine I noticed that the Total count displayed was: 851

After I slid in my ballot, the Total count remained 851. It never changed! So, I complained, and got them to temporarily not let other people use that machine (ballots held off for later submission).

After some phone calls, they gave me a "provisional" ballot (which won't be counted) and let me "vote" again that way. I did notice that the second machine at the high school was totaling up the inserted ballots properly.

So I voted twice today, but neither will be counted. They did say that they would compare the number of physical ballots with the electronic count at the end of the day. But it didn't sound like that was even standard procedure.

Sheila Parks said...

The above post was sent to me by Derek Larssan, who has given permission to use his name

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