What Can I Do?
Support the HB 4326 Illinois Ballot Integrity Act
Getting involved doesn’t take much more than just deciding for yourself that Election Integrity is an important matter. Often people think that such issues are “too big,” or ask, “what can one person do?” Here are some thought-starters that can help answer those questions:
Find Out More. Why do we need to audit the vote? Since 2002, elections have been privatized by vendors who program the machines, registration rolls, electronic poll books, ballots, and the tabulation of the results. Yet, virtually nothing is publicly known regarding how the machines interpret your choices on the ballot, since the software is deemed secret and proprietary. In Illinois, no Election Day audit is in place to determine if the votes cast match the actual outcome.
What we do know: Argonne security experts wirelessly and remotely hacked the same type of voting machine used in over 58% counties in Illinois, especially during early voting. However, all voting machines—including optical scan machines—are vulnerable. The voter registration database in Illinois was hacked in 2016, yielding information on 200,000 voters, including driver’s licenses and social security numbers. Security remains an issue.
get few phone calls from their constituents on issues, so
your call really matters. Five members sit on the Rules
Committee (See below)
Please Call the Chair Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, (217) 782-8121 or (773) 667-0550, to ask her to support a hearing for HB 4326, the Illinois Ballot Integrity Act (now renamed " Elec CD-Equipment/Audits").
SEND: Copy and paste an emailed, electronic POSTCARD (see below) showing your support for an Election Day audit, so that voters can have confidence in election results.
Write, Call, Fax E-mail our state and local election officials. Visit their websites. Tell them that the security and accuracy of your vote matters. Ask them what assurance they can provide that your ballot will be counted and tallied as you intended, and that the voting process is secure from being hacked.
Illinois State Board of Elections: http://www.elections.il.gov/
Cook County Clerk (David Orr): http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/Pages/default.aspx
Chicago Board of Election Commissioners: http://www.chicagoelections.com/
Find other election officials here: http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionAuthorities/ElecAuthorityList.aspx
Write a Letter to the Editor. Along with the “big media,” don’t overlook Pioneer Press, the Reader. Evanston Roundtable, Daily Herald and similar local publications - your chances are better with less competition.
Volunteer. Become a Deputy Registrar – help get out the vote. Apply to become an election judge – or a poll-watcher – what better way to collect information than from the inside!
Join a Group. There’s power in numbers!
To get started, visit our “Getting Involved” page, http://www.ballot-integrity.org/involved.htm. You’ll find many helpful documents there. Also check out our “Resources” page, http://www.ballot-integrity.org/resources.htm. The choice is yours – but we urge you to take action.
100th General Assembly—Rules Committee
Flynn Currie (D)
Republican Conference Chairperson
Dan Brady (R)
Deputy Republican Leader
Lou Lang (D)
Deputy Majority Leader