Thursday, September 9, 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.

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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.


773/269-7870 Chicago Board of Elections
(Only on February 22, 2011)

773/269-7900 Chicago Board of Elections
(General phone number)

773/869-2970 Cook County State's Attorney
Lynn McCarthy, Supervisor
Election Fraud Unit

Suburban Cook County

312/603-0906 Suburban Cook County Board of Elections

   For English-speaking operator, press 1 then 8.

   For Spanish-speaking operator, press 2 then 8.

773/869-2970 Cook County State's Attorney
Lynn McCarthy, Supervisor
Election Fraud Unit

DuPage County

(630) 407-5600 DuPage County Elections Office

(630) 407-8000 DuPage County State's Attorney

Lake County

(847) 377-2410 Lake County Elections Hotline

(847) 377-3000 Lake County State's Attorney

Where to Upload Video/Audio Reports

Video: YouTube
Audio: IBIP

(Videos can be up to 2 gigabytes in size and 15 minutes in length.)

Reports and Comments


Illinois Ballot Integrity Project said...

Opened for reports and comments 1/30/11

Faheem Shabazz said...

February 28, 2011

To: Cook County State’s Attorney
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Board of State Elections
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Voting Section [Washington]

Dear Officials,

My name is Faheem Shabazz Aldermanic Candidate for the 8th Ward in Chicago Illinois and I am writing this FORMAL COMPLAINT letter to report my findings in the elections held on February 22, 2011 in the City of Chicago.

I am specifically addressing the unfair and unlawful practices observed by my poll watchers in several precincts within the 8th Ward.

We are concerned about the practices of the Alderman Michelle Harris and the ELECTION JUDGES in several precincts.

My volunteers and poll watchers experienced intimidation by being shouted and cursed at.

We also witness vast electioneering that was reported to Election Central in Chicago and the Alderman herself was spending up to 30 minutes at several polling locations “INSIDE”, which is a direct violation, with gifts for the voters on Election Day.

[Name edited] was delivering “cookies” to all polling facilities with “Michelle Harris” stickers on every container “INSIDE” the polling places.

Our volunteers were threatened to stay away from the voting sites beyond the cones while they had people promoting Michelle Harris at the entry ways and “INSIDE”.

There were judges that even said to “VOTE for Michelle” while handing out the ballots.

Finally, there was very suspicious activity reported to me by my watchers, of tampering with machines by judges and by-standers!

I had 4 watchers that were denied my voter results after the facilities closed.

Several of these claims can be verified through call records at Election Central in Chicago and eye witness accounting from poll watchers that provided required credentials.

I have attached a list of poll watchers who were intimidated and their assigned polling places.

We are requesting an investigation into these areas for VOTER FRAUD.

I look forward to your response in these issues.

Faheem Shabazz
8th ward aldermanic Candidate
Chicago Illinois

Witnesses and Locations of Violations
Qualified Poll Watchers

[Named edited]
Intimidated/ witnessed electioneering/ voter count not accurate
Assigned Polling Location Feb. 22, 2011
Jesse Owens Park Precinct 19

[Named edited]
Kick out with partial candidate info/ Intimidated/ witnessed electioneering/ witnessed machine tampering
Assigned Polling Location Feb. 22, 2011
Chicago vocational H.S. Precinct 25
[Location handles voters from 3 precincts]

[Named edited]
Witnessed machine tampering/ Intimidated/ witnessed electioneering/ voter count not accurate
Assigned Polling Location Feb. 22, 2011
St. Felicitas Catholic Church Precinct 53

[Named edited]
Kick out with no candidate info/ Intimidated
Assigned Polling Location Feb. 22, 2011
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church Precinct 36
[Location handles voters from 3 precincts]

[Named edited]
Intimidated/ voter count not accurate

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