Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPs)
This web site is dedicated to enabling citizens to provide needed oversight to our democracy.
Engage officials in public meetings
Record public meetings
Hold feet to the fire
Sixth grader speaks to School Board.
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
Citizens' 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
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Citizens 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.
- (M1881) 2018-10-25 Oversight of November 2018 General Election -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- Election Oversight Florida 2018 August -- Recent push to video record audits in Florida.
- Election Audit Lawsuit -- Lawsuit over short-cutting the 1% manual tally in San Diego (and other counties in CA) by omitting later-received Vote-by-Mail and Provisional ballots from the audit process.
- Ballot Access Lawsuit -- We are suing the registrar of voters in San Diego to get access to the voted ballots from the 2016 election.
- (M1851) 2018-06-01 Election Audit Oversight for 2018 Primary Season -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1781) 2017-07-28 Press Conf: Lawsuit Filed to Allow Ballot Review -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1735) 2017-03-19 Early VBM Discrepancies in San Diego 2016 Primary -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, CA_SanDiego, Questions to Election Official
- (SanDiegoPrimaryContest2016) 2017-02-02 San Diego Primary Contest 2016 -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, Originally filed by attorney Bill Simpich
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:
The HELMS Proposal
- Helms Proposal - Click to read details of our technical proposal for Hardened, Extended-life, Local, Monitored, Surface (HELMS) criteria for dealing with nuclear waste
- (M1786) 2017-09-04 San Onofre Settlement To Move the Waste FAQs -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1784) 2017-08-28 Settlement Agreement On Nuclear Waste Filed with Court, Press Conf -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1748) 2017-04-07 Settlement Talks Announced in Suit Challenging Nuclear Fuel Storage at San Onofre -- Southern California Edison, Southern California Edison,
- (M1749) 2017-04-07 Edison agrees to negotiate new home for nuclear waste from San Onofre -- Jeff Mc Donald, Union Tribune,
Visit the Press Room
for all news releases from Citizens Oversight
- (M1905) 2019-08-05 Earth Summit Series presents "Emergency at San Onofre: From Shutdown to Nuclear Waste on the Beach" -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1891) 2019-03-12 Citizens' Oversight requests status from San Onofre Expert team as anniversary approaches. -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1873) 2018-08-21 Citizens Oversight Demands Full Investigation by California Coastal Commission into San Onofre Near-Miss Incident -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1871) 2018-08-12 Citizens Oversight Calls Full-Stop and Thorough Safety Review at San Onofre after Near-Miss Incident -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1869) 2018-08-07 State Lands Commission meeting on EIR for San Onofre -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, This event topic describes two events.
- (M1868) 2018-08-01 Election Audit Fraud Supreme Court Petition - Conf / Livestream -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1860) 2018-06-22 Formal Complaint Submitted to CA Secy of State to Investigate Malconduct by Michael Vu, San Diego County Registrar of Voters -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1852) 2018-06-04 Press Release: Citizens' Oversight's NRC filing 'HELMS' Public Comment Period Ends June 5 at Midnight -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1831) 2018-03-22 San Onofre CEP Meeting -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, This event is hosted by Southern California Edison and it presents their point of view regarding the decommissioning of San Onofre and plans for nuclear waste storage. Public comment is available (3 min). Press Release announcing acceptance of the petition to the NRC rulemaking process.
- (M1820) 2018-01-30 CITIZENS OVERSIGHT SIGNS $873 MILLION SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN SETTLEMENT WITH SCE, SDG&E AND OTHER PARTIES -- Ray Lutz, 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.
- (AuditEngineFor2020GeneralElection) 2020-10-29 Audit Engine for 2020 General Election -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1953) 2020-08-20 Instructions to upload to Audit Engine -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1951) 2020-08-19 Raji Rabb Lawsuit re Early Tabulation of VBM Ballots in LA -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1952) 2020-08-19 Discussion of VBM Benefits and Issues -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1950) 2020-07-11 2020 General Election Oversight Plan -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1947) 2020-07-07 Letter to Gov. Newsom to include all ballots in the audit -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, Please read this topic for specific actions to help us make a difference!
- (M1946) 2020-06-22 Citizens' Oversight's Comments on VVSG 2.0 Draft -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1945) 2020-05-11 Challenges for Citizen Oversight of elections in the COVID-19 Era -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (CitizensOversightStatusUpdate2019) 2020-04-13 Citizens Oversight Status Update 2019 -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
- (M1944) 2020-03-26 Comment on AB-2400, RLA revisions -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight,
| All Publications from Citizens' Oversight
| All Submitted Media
See COPs Program
for a list of all projects and an overview of our project concept.
- Common Calendar- Month-at-a-glance format for all events relevant to East County
- List Serve - Sign up for our email lists
- NewsMedia - submitted media in all categories, and anyone who submits them.
References and Resources
- 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