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ORIGINS OF PSEPHOS
Psephos, inspired by the traditions of democracy, is an emerging nonprofit committed to preventing the rise of unchecked power in the United States. Psephos advocates a return to transparent, secure, verifiable elections where paper ballots are counted by the people.
Ancient Greek citizens cast their votes with pebbles and psephos (the Greek word for stone, pronounced sea-foss) came to mean a ballot or vote. Notably, Greece transitioned from a monarchy to democracy by creating the first constitution based on democratic principles around 502 B.C. More than two millennia later the U.S. Constitution and our young democracy are threatened by the use of electronic voting systems, secret vote counting and lack of rigorous public oversight.
Psephos is a nonprofit firm whose services support educational, policy development and litigation efforts related to election integrity, constitutional law and the law and values of democracy. As a nonpartisan organization, Psephos does not support political parties but defends the rights that make political parties possible.The Psephos mission is to preserve the rights of the people of the United States to observe, question and actively participate in vote counting and all other aspects of their elections. Formed in April 2007 Psephos is based in San Diego, California.
Incorporation of Psephos, Inc., is pending. Tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) is pending.