Election Integrity

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This project is working to improve the integrity of our elections, one of the most critical areas in a democracy. It now seems certain that the last two elections have been stolen, using a number of strategies by the Republican Party. "Election Fraud" is not the same as "Voter Fraud" where voters who are ineligible are added to the roles, etc. Election Fraud is manipulation of the election process itself.

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Topic Description Status Parents
Audit Engine Full-ballot image auditing service Hot Election Integrity
Ballot Access Lawsuit Lawsuit against the San Diego Registrar of Voters to Access Ballots as Public Records Inactive Election Integrity
Campaign Finance Reform Limit those with money to buy elections. Active Election Integrity
Crowd Watch Crowd-sourced data collection and review Inactive Easy Voting, Election Audits, Election Integrity, Election Team, Snapshot Protocol, Snapshot Protocol
Easy Voting Fight Voter Suppression Active Election Integrity
Election Audit Lawsuit Lawsuit against the San Diego Registrar of Voter regarding the incomplete audit in the June 2016 Primary Election Inactive Election Integrity
Election Audits Gathering information about statistical and deterministic auditing approaches. Active Election Integrity
Election Data Harvesting For Nov 2018 Automated election data harvesting. Hot Election Integrity
Election Equipment This project gathers information about election equipment Active Election Integrity
Election Oversight June 2016 Review of the primary election in California Inactive Election Integrity
Election Team Status and information about our election oversight team Hot Election Integrity
Manual Tally Issues 1% Manual Tally is required for certification of elections but are either not completed or are insufficient to report vote-substitution errors. SERIOUS PROBLEMS DETECTED IN SAN DIEGO! -- The result of this project was the creation of the Snapshot Protocol project Closed Election Integrity
Open Ballot Initiative Describes a method of election canvass processing that uses high-speed electronic equipment but is not subject to hacking vulnerabilities Hot Election Integrity
San Diego County Canvass Procedure Detailed written procedures for the canvass in San Diego County Inactive Election Integrity
Scanner Tape Review Our attempt to audit the elections process in San DIego County regarding Diebold scanner tapes. Closed Election Integrity
Snapshot Protocol Uses a snapshot of the election and compares it with the one-percent manual tally. Active Election Integrity
Vote By Mail Review of all the concerns around VBM voting and processing Active Election Integrity
Voter Registration Information about how to increase voter registration Active Election Integrity
Voting Privacy Deals with anonymity of the ballot and allowing voters to vote privately Active Election Integrity


  • Voting Systems - lists voting systems being used, currently in CA counties


Various Strategies:

  • Corrupting an individual machine using malicious code in a PC memory Card.
  • Corrupting subsequent machines when that same card is used in other machines.
  • "Sleepovers" encourages possible malicious handling of the machines. Karen Otter reported a 12-day sleepover before this (2006) election.
  • Changing the results in the central tabulator. This can apply to any type of ballot counted.
  • Paper ballots can be mis-scanned, declaring many more "blank" ballots than there really are. In the 52nd Congressional District Primary, about 25% of the ballots were reported as "blank" for that race. These figures are not widely reported for each race.
  • Early Announcements. Since we have a substantial percentage of voters now voting as mail-in (permanent absentee), and these ballots can be delivered to the polling place on voting day, there are many ballots that are uncounted. In the June 2006 primary, 350,000 voters voted by mail and 65,000 were uncounted when the newspapers were reporting "100% precincts reporting". It took almost two weeks to finish the counting of those ballots.
  • "Denial of Service Attacks" -- Well known in the Internet security community, it means that you hit a site so hard that it crashes, and at least denies service to real visitors. In the Election world, it means creating long lines at the polling place by mis-allocating voting equipment, or causing the equipment to fail.
  • Loss due to failure - This a new strategy, and is only true for DRE - Direct Recording Equipment. If the equipment fails, the votes may be lost. Malicious code need not fiddle with vote counts, just cause the machines to die in areas where your opponent is strong, thereby losing their votes.
  • Voter Minimization - Reduction of viable voters by making it difficult to register and to vote. In this state, they still require registration far in advance of the election (some other states allow registration at the polling place on election day) and they have become very picky about how these are filled out. Drivers license number must match, paper must be a particular weight, etc. And of course, you have to fill out a paper form. What happened to electronic systems here?

Are paper ballots necessary?

Absolutely. But that is not enough. See the COPs Rov Report and you'll become a believer.

All election systems have weaknesses that allow them to be manipulated by malicious handlers. This is probably one of the hardest specification problems, because you have to assume that anyone using the equipment may have fraudulent intentions. There may be ways to deal with this by having several systems working in parallel and monitoring each other, each one from a different party or interest group. However, for now, the best solution is to use paper ballots. It is essential that the voter be able to review the ballot before it is counted by any electronic equipment and that that record can be recounted itself. This is the same conclusion of the Princeton study, which is by far, the most respectable study I've seen to date.

See Open Ballot Initiative for an important proposal to eliminate most manipulation vulnerabilities.


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Project Name Election Integrity
Project Description Comprises all election integrity issues
Project Founder Raymond Lutz
Project Curator Raymond Lutz
Project Type Issue Oversight
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