April 5, 2011, Elections

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.

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.
Post a report—and see it published here instantly.
Upload audio or video files.
Read Latest up-to-the-minute reports.
Read All reports, starting with the oldest.

Questions, comments? Post a note here! Or email us at the address below.

Thanks for visiting. And please check back soon for updates!

Roy Lipscomb
Hotsheet Moderator

P. S. Please don't vote before election day! To find out why, click here.
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 http://ballot-integrity.org

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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 April 5, 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 3/31/11

Matt Hawkins said...

[From Matt Hawkins, matthawkins2010@att.net, East St. Louis, Illinois)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 13:23:59

Despite my reservations for using East St. Louis Board of Elections registration data, it is all that I have at this time.

They claim that we have 22,459 registered voters and this means that 14.4% of all registered voters used the absentee ballot. Looking closer, we see that 42.4% of all voters participating (7,649), or turnout, cast an absentee ballot.

Out of the rest of the county's 165,035 registered voters, only 3,636, or 2.2%, cast absentee ballots--nearly seven times lower than East St. Louis. County voter turnout was 26,439 and only 13.75% cast an absentee ballot compared to 42.4% for here--3 to 1 ratio.

Why is the absentee ballot so popular in East St. Louis?

When combined with an election authority that is known for not removing dead people from the registration, it becomes rather clear that the dead are still voting in East St. Louis elections. The re-election of our current Mayor alone indicates that there is very little relationship between election results and voter sentiment.

The Alliance has requested the assistance of Lisa Madigan's office in enforcing compliance to current election code statutes by local election authorities like the East St. Louis Board of Elections.

Please help us by contacting the Illinois State's Attorney General's Office in Springfield (http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov) to voice your support for accurate voter registration lists.

For more information on this issue, please go to http://www.alliance1820.com.

In advance, thank you for your support for the pursuit of freedom and democracy in East St. Louis, Egypt, and Libya.

Matt Hawkins, President
East St. Louis Alliance for Change

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