National News

State Election Officials: Recountable Process A Must for Overseas Voters

July 26, 2010

A National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Resolution Urges the Measured Utilization of Available Technology and Best Practices in the Security and Conduct of Elections Embracing the Participation of Military & Overseas (UOCAVA) Voters

WHEREAS, the more than six million American citizens living and working abroad comprise an important voting segment in U.S. elections, and;

Department of Justice releases guidelines for implementation of NVRA. Guidelines could add thousands to the voter rolls nationwide

July 14, 2010

By M. Mindy Moretti, Electionline Weekly, a project of the Pew Center on the States.

Seventeen years after Congress approved the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) — otherwise known as “Motor Voter” — the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a set of guidelines for implementation as part of its enforcement of the Act.

“The Voter Registration Requirements of Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), Questions and Answers,” detail what states must do in order to offer the voter registration services required by the law.

On the South Carolina Primary. A call for recountable, auditable voting systems

June 14, 2010

From the Verified Voting Foundation.

Last week’s surprising outcome in a party primary in South Carolina for United States Senate was accompanied by anecdotal reports of voting problems on election day, and many questions about the accuracy of the vote count.

The American Statistical Association Releases Statemnent on Audits

April 26, 2010

American Statistical Association Statement on Risk-Limiting Post-Election Audits

Poorly marked ballots, computer glitches, and voting system configuration errors can make machine vote counts diverge from voters' intentions. By comparing hand counts of randomly selected ballots with machine tallies, we can judge whether a full hand count would show the same winners. Such audits can improve trust in our elections. Statisticians can help design efficient audits that save taxpayers' money and election officials’ time.

Antitrust and Your Vote

March 9, 2010

New York Times Editorial

When the nation’s largest voting machine manufacturer, Election Systems and Software, acquired the voting machine business of Diebold, the nation’s second-largest manufacturer, it set off alarms for anyone who cares about election integrity. The combination meant that 70 percent of the nation’s voting machines would be provided by just one company.

Citizens United v. FEC: Time for a Free Speech for People Amendment?

January 20, 2010

Jeff Clements American Constitution Society Blog Jan 21 2010

The Business of Voting Machines

September 8, 2009

New York Times Editorial

Diebold announced last week that it has sold its United States voting machine division to its main rival, Election Systems & Software.

Given Diebold’s troubling record, it is hard to lament its departure from American elections, but this sale could make a bad situation worse. Regulators should take a hard look at the anticompetitive implications. And Congress, the states and cities need to push a lot harder for fundamental reforms in the voting machine business and the way Americans vote.

NYT's: House leadership should make passing Mr. Holt’s bill a priority.

June 21, 2009

This editorial was published in the New York Times on June 22, 2009.

Electronic voting machines that do not produce a paper record of every vote cast cannot be trusted. In 2008, more than one-third of the states, including New Jersey and Texas, still did not require all votes to be recorded on paper. Representative Rush Holt has introduced a good bill that would ban paperless electronic voting in all federal elections. Congress should pass it while there is still time to get ready for 2010.

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