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Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPs)

This web site is dedicated to enabling citizens to provide needed oversight to our democracy.

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Engage officials in public meetings
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Record public meetings
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Hold feet to the fire
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Sixth grader speaks to School Board.
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Press Conferences
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Rallies and Protests
We must, as citizens, provide oversight of our local governmental bodies. They can't be trusted to oversee themselves. You can help! Read how here: COPs Program

Election Integrity

Crowd Watch

CrowdWatch logo.pngCitizens' Oversight is now introducting a new platform to help activists gather and process information. Crowd Watch is a smartphone app and web platform that provides a means to create projects which include a set of watch points (location and date/time) and infomration that should be gathered, in terms of photos, videos, and notes.

Initial projects include:
  • Poll Tapes - This project provides a set of counties in top states and their polling places where we need to gather polling tapes from at least 30 precincts per county as a check on the official results.
  • Drop Boxes - Observe and document the situation at drop boxes, including intimidation, long lines, ballot dumping and pickup procedures.
  • Polling Places - Observe and document the situation at polling places, including intimidation, long lines, and voter guides.
  • Random Draw - Video record and document random draw meetings where polling places and/or contests are chosen in self audits performed by election officials.
  • Manual Tally - After random batches are chosen, paper ballots are tallied, and it is essential to watch this and understand how the officials compare the tally with the official results.
  • Political Propaganda - Received mailers are scanned and data extracted to locate issues.

Find out more here: Crowd Watch. Sign Up to volunteer at this link: Sign Up

Audit Engine

AuditEngineLogo.pngCitizens Oversight has recently announced an important project to create Ballot Image Audit service Audit Engine, which can be used by election officials, campaigns, candidates, and oversight groups, to audit any election that uses hand-marked paper ballots and scanners that create ballot images.

In support of this work, we have requested ballot images from the top 24 counties in CA. Read more below:

Risk Limiting Audit Research

Citizens Oversight has conducted Monte Carlo simulations of various types of audits that are based on a sample of ballots or batches of ballots. As a result, our recommendation is to focus primarily on Ballot Image Audits and use RLAs only to validate the images of consequential races.

  • BRAWL Whitepaper -- Balanced Risk Audit with Workload Limitation
    Learn about Risk Limiting Audits and compare them with Ballot Image Audits and more traditional Batch Comparison audits. We introduce a method that arose from our Monte Carlo simulation.

As a result of this analysis and our experience with the reality of how election officials cut corners and "fix-up" audits so the result looks clean, we have now decided that long-term RLA audits are not feasible. Read more:

Election Audit Oversight

It is extrenely important for citizens to participate in providing oversight of election audits, where election officials are auditing themselves. That's like asking people to flag down a police officer and ask for a ticket if you are speeding. Self-audits will rarely find anything because the people conducting the audits tend to "fix-up" the audit results innocently, not realizing that the audit samples should not be corrected.

Citizens' Oversight is expanding our election oversight scope to the entire US! However, we will be focused primarily on the TOP 175 counties in the nation, comprising more than 50% of registered voters, and then secondly turning our attention to the TOP 20% of the the top 20% of the states (i.e. the top ten states). At this point, we are most specifically focused on providing oversight to the audits in the top counties in CA and FL.

Easy Voting Project

Citizens in our democracy should be faced with ridiculous hurdles to be able to vote. In this project, we fight voter-suppression scams, such as:
  • Registration deadlines far ahead of the election.
  • Purging voters from rolls based on name simularities with people in other districts or on obiturary lists.
  • Too-few voting locations with limited capacity.
  • Long lines at polling places.
  • High registration documentation requirements or with partisan bias.
  • Confusing information sent out about the date of the election or location.

Visit the project page: Easy Voting


Stop Nuke Dump -- Deal with the 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at Camp Pendleton

We took the California Coastal Commission and Southern California Edison (SCE) to court, and we reached a settlement where they had to work to move the waste to a new location. This also meant that unfortunately, they will continue to move the waste into the ridiculous facility only about 100 ft from the water and literally inches over the high-water mark.

Here is some references about our lawsuit and the result.

We are now promoting two main solutions:

Pendleton Option

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The HELMS Proposal

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General Overviews

Latest News Releases from Citizens Oversight

Visit the Press Room for all news releases from Citizens Oversight

Active Projects:

Issue Oversight
Govt Oversight:
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Events

LATEST Publications from Citizens Oversight

News Releases can be found at Press Room. These are other documents such as white papers, research and letters. Visit Citizens Oversight for all publications and news releases.

Press Room | All Publications from Citizens' Oversight | All Submitted Media

Projects

See COPs Program for a list of all projects and an overview of our project concept.

Collaboration Areas

References and Resources

Other Stuff

  • Basic Instructions - When you first start using this wiki to report on a strange event, I will refer you to this topic to get you started!
  • Wiki Usage Tips - Some secrets about using this wiki

Common Web Utilities

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