Now, just in time for the mid-term elections, there is legislation that will help reform this situation—the Secure Elections Act (SEA) has been introduced.
On August 22, the Senate Rules Committee will start deliberations on this important bill. The security of our elections demands that it not be weakened.
Please call or write your Senators and state election officials and demand they protect the Secure Election Act’s strong language supporting manual post-election audits of voter-verified paper ballots.
If you need to get up to speed on this issue fast, there is no better resource than our Fall 2016 issue of Justice Rising on “The People's Vote Must Count: Reclaim Elections, Restore Voting Rights, Protect Our Ballots.” Articles focus on hackable voting machines and the corporate pedigree of electronic voting machine vendors, along with a “how to “ for a successful local campaign for hand-counted paper ballots. Other topics covered include gerrymandering and voter suppression. You can read it online here, as well as download pdfs of individual articles.
For print copies, please contact us via email or call us at 978-333-7971.
This sample letter to election officials and this letter to Congress signed by experts on election security will also provide background for your call.
The situation is critical as we go into the mid-terms elections. Meanwhile, more than 40 states use electronic voting systems more than 10 years old, and 28 states report that a majority of the machines they use need updates.
Additionally, computer scientists have detailed vulnerabilities in electronic voting systems while cyberattacks originating from both within and from outside the US have been documented.
Too much of our election security debate has focused on the non-problem of unenrolled or ineligible voters casting ballots - the pet cause of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Trump to set up a Congressional Voter Fraud Commission that has now been completely discredited.
The real threat lies in unsecure systems, hidden lines of code in electronic voting and
voting scanning machines, and the complacency of elected officials. We urge you to join with us and our colleagues at the National Election Defense Coalition and speak up for the Secure Elections Act (SEA) and REAL election security.