Election on February 24, 2015

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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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—

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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 http://ballot-integrity.org

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Telephone Hotlines


312/269-7925 Chicago Board of Elections (Registration problems)

312/269-7870 Chicago Board of Elections (Investigations on Election Day)

773/603-1880 Cook County State's Attorney 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.

773/603-1880 Cook County State's Attorney Election Fraud Unit

DuPage County
(630) 407-5600 DuPage County Elections Office

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

Lake County

(847) 377-2328 Lake County Elections Hotline

(847) 377-2000 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...

Illinois Ballot Integrity Project said...

Now open for reports and comments, February 3, 2015

Roy Lipscomb said...

Local NBC Newstory, posted today: Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson says one of his supporters reported that her voting machine malfunctioned. She claims that when she touch Wilson's name on the screen, Emanuel's name was selected instead.


In the story, Jim Allen of the Chicago Board of Elections expressed scepticism. He's quoted as saying, "We received zero complaints at our election central about the calibration of the equipment. We have no reason to investigate this matter further."

I posted the following comment below the story:

“We received zero complaints at our election central about the calibration of the equipment...."

It's clear that Election Central has received at least one complaint--the one from Wilson. What threshold number of complaints needs to be reached before the CBOE will investigate?

The above quotation is curious from another standpoint: In every previous computerized-voting election in Chicago, there have been complaints about malfunctioning of touch-screen voting machines. If now there are no such complaints, this fact should be headline news.

Anecdote: While serving as a poll watcher several years ago, I was told by a poll judge that one of the touch-screen machines in her polling place had to be recalibrated on three separate occasions that same day. She said that the judges, exasperated, were going to ignore assurances that the machine was now reliable and were going to simply steer people away from the machine.

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