Citzens for Voting Integrity NY

Citizens for Voting Integrity NY had a good meeting last night. We met in Hastings on Hudson NY and discussed working on New York legislation for hand-counted paper ballots, risk-limiting audits and allowing candidates and citizens to request recounts. Also considering a name-change. It is a small, but focused group led by Allegra Dengler. The meeting was lots of fun! Let me know if you'd like to join us next time. We meet on the third Wednesdays of the month.

Did Roger Stone coordinate with Guccifer 2.0?

This report from The Hill is a piece of solid evidence that looks criminal in the case that Trump's campaign coordinated with Hackers to throw the election to him. Roger Stone, one of Trump's advisors at the time, apparently had advance notice about the hack of former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails. Stone tweeted about it saying, "“Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.” He had Twitter correspondence with Guccifer 2.0 prior to that. Guccifer told him, "...please tell me if i can help u anyhow. it would be a great pleasure to me.” Did Guccifer tell Stone Podesta was next, or did Stone suggest that a Podesta hack would be useful?

 

Roger Stone, former Trump advisor

NY Focus

We focused this week on NY reforms. Assemblywoman Latrice Walker spoke about her bill "The modernized voter registration act of NY." It includes provisions for same day voter registration, online registration, automated registration through official agencies & changes to audits . We invited NY & other election reform activists and election officials to share their thoughts on the bill as well as what they'd like to see happen going forward. Recording is here and comments from the call are in the comments section. 

We will not have a call next Sunday. The calls are going to move to a weekday night. If you have a preference between Tues & Thurs please put it in the comments. The time will be 8pm EST. 

Thanks to everyone who has been participating!

Vote Counting Protocols Part 3

Next #HonestElections Conference Call Sunday 1/29 3-4pm EST. Please join us and share! This is the recording from today's call. There is a little feedback at first - but we get it cleared up quickly - and the quality of the call is great after that. This is a great discussion about a slide show auditing technique that's been developed and a new voting system that is designed for transparency.

Here is more information about today's call:

Today's #HonestElections conference call will feature a voting system that takes a photo of the ballot. It is designed by Jim Keller a photographer and inventor from San Antonio Texas who owns 5 patents on photography and other equipment. We will also speak with Karen McKim of Wisconsin Election Integrity about slide show auditing.

Jim Soper will give us a preview of upcoming legislation in California at the end of the call. Please join us!

This is a prototype ballot from Jim Keller's system.

Please put comments and questions from the call in the comments below.

What Did the Wisconsin Recount Teach Us?

Computer scientists and election reform advocates trust hand counts, but election administrators do not.

I have done three video reports on the Wisconsin recount so far.  This article at Medium - summarizes what I found:

Election experts and scientists keep telling us that we need to count on paper because we can always go back and examine those paper ballots. J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan summed up one of the most important take-aways from the recount, “ ‘Also shocking is how unlikely states are to look at any of the paper, even in a surprising and close election like this,’ Halderman said.”

Read more...


Here are the links to the three video pieces I produced for alternet.org:

Part 1 - How Accurate are the Voting Machines? (Brown County Wisconsin)

Part 2 - Racine County Clerk Refuses to Acknowledge Problems With the Count

Part 3 - The Machines are Not Secure and Some of Them are Wireless

I encourage you to watch these pieces - you will get a much better sense of what a hand count is like than from just reading an article about it.

Recount Report 12/1/16 6am

My First Recount Report.

WI Recounts are starting today at 9am. I discuss the court ruling that said the county's don't have to do hand counts, even though the judge herself supports hand counts; Details of the 4 counties I spoke with personally; chain of custody issues; and what's ahead.

Building Momentum

We had a great conference call today with about 50 people on the line. Our focus is on making our elections accurate, secure, transparent & fair. I'm having these calls so that organizers can connect with each other and activists who want to get involved can find a group to work with. This was today's call. Information about who was on the call and how to reach them is below

 

We will have another call or live stream at the same time next Sunday at 3pm. 

Next week's call will feature:

Laura Pressley who has been working on cleaning up elections in Texas

Don Ford - documentary filmmaker What's Next

Today's speakers included: 

Tim Canova - Progress For All
Carl J. Romanelli - Pennsylvania Green Party
John Brakey -  Election Nightmares
Ray Lutz  - Citizens' Oversight Projects
Jim Duffett - National Election Defense Coalition

facilitated by lulu Fries'dat - Electoral System in Crisis

At Electoral System in Crisis we need people with math, research and data entry skills  - please let us know if that's you - by entering your email here:  Holler Back - [not] Voting in an American Town. Please also enter your email if you'd like to just stay in touch or know about upcoming calls and events.

I will send an email with how to contact organizers directly.

Emily Levy from Elections at Risk says they are creating a list of projects that people can volunteer for. If you need help, send her information about your project: info @ electionsatrisk dot org.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!! Take action now. Please put any comments or questions you had from the call into the comments. Thanks again!

 

Getting Together

If you've ever been interested in repairing our broken elections... now is a great time to get involved. If you're already involved - let's increase our effectiveness and momentum! How do we get inspired and connected? Maybe you have some ideas. Could you leave them in the comments? Here are some of my ideas.

Step 1) If you haven't done so yet, make cleaning up our broken elections your number 1 political priority. Whatever issues you care about, improving our elections will improve their chance for success. 

Step 2) Watch the film I've made outlining many of the issues that need to be repaired. Even if you know a lot about elections - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the depth of information on electronic equipment, hand counts, third party candidates, and public funding of elections. Bev Harris said, "I was blown away." And it's fun. 

Step 3) Leave your email here so that we can stay in touch. 

In the coming days, I'll be be sending out an email with some of the ideas people have generated, and some of mine. I also am planning to start a national conference call to focus on coordinating election integrity groups and better implementing their ideas. In my opinion the most important priority is that we have confidence that the vote counts are accurate, and the best way to do that is with #HandCountedPaperBallots - the system used in most democracies around the world. There are a lot of amazing people working in the election integrity movement and if we can get coordinated, this can a time of deep reform.