Guest Blogged by Ellen Theisen of VotersUnite.org
How can we get a fair and honest election? In the Philippines, citizens worry about paper-ballot fraud; in India, they worry about electronic-voting fraud; in Iran, many question the results of their recent paper-ballot election; in Colorado, the Arapahoe County Clerk extols the virtues of DREs and decries paper ballots. Maybe the way to get a fair and honest election lies not in our technology, but in our transparency.
In 1896 the New York legislature and the courts agreed that to permit an essential step of the electoral process to be within the exclusive control of the State, outside of public view, renders “voting a useless formality as it depends upon the will of the [state] as to who shall hold office, and not upon the vote of the people.”
Could open, public observation of the vote count put election questions to rest?...
- AZ: Vote registration system is long overdue for reform
- CO: Fools rush to paper ballots
(A 10-minute interview with Nancy Doty, the elected Clerk and Recorder in Arapahoe County.)
- MN: Compromise key ingredient for election reform
- NY: News From Underground: MCM and Andi Novick speak on VOTING in NY ...
- NY: New voting machines in Montgomery and Fulton counties
- OH: Ohio must stress accountability with bipartisan, nonpartisan election reform
- TN: 'Battle of Athens' reference leads to TBI investigation
- TN: Law Requires Paper Ballots In Tennessee
- TX: Gov. Perry Inserts Typo in Veto Message of Bill About Voter Registration Typos
- TX: Rep. Scott Hochberg Responds To Governor's Veto [of bill related to voter registration typos]
- WV: WV Vote Flipping Testimonial Video
- Afghanistan: Corrupt election campaign unfolds in US-occupied Afghanistan
- Albania: Albanian Opposition Socialists Demand Recount In Southern Area
- Bulgaria: In Bulgaria, votes go to the highest bidder
- Bulgaria: Bulgaria election starts, Turks from Turkey face obstacles
- Canada: Venting About Voting
- India: Was Election 2009 rigged?
- India: Voting machine on the wall, who's the best candidate of all?
(A poem "written" by an EVM.)
- India: EC rejects calls to discontinue EVMs
- Iran: Clerical Leaders Defy Ayatollah on Iran Election
- Iran: Many Iranians unconvinced about poll result - cleric
- Japan: Election And Internet In Japan
- Mexico: Mexican election draws its 'anulistas'
- Mexico: Election looks to favor Mexico's former ruling party
(The null vote was running at about 6.5 percent.)
- Philippines: CBCP happy with poll automation development
- Philippines: 'Dream' polls promised: Smartmatic vows 100% accuracy, winners in 3 days
- Philippines: Poll automation should restore trust in admin
- Philippines: Solon: Automation 'tainted' despite TIM-Smartmatic reconciliation
- Philippines: 'TIM president ended cool off with Smartmatic to save firm'
(Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal chief Ferdinand Rafanan said the possibility of the two companies engaging in electronic election fraud is remote.)
- Philippines: Legal issues caused rift with Smartmatic, says TIM
- Philippines: Melo: People want automation
"To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." The Creekside Declaration. March 22, 2008
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