Welcome To Counted As Cast

Counted As Cast is about election systems, so it is about democracy. Fair and accurate elections are mission-critical to government. Risky election systems put our government at risk. Here we look at some of the issues, and suggest some ideas on how to make our elections more efficient and secure.

CountedAsCast.ORG links to a larger website, CountedAsCast.COM, that has much useful information about election integrity issues. The table of contents for CountedAsCast.COM is below. Its “Issues” page is good place to start. CountedAsCast.ORG offers More recent posts about current topics, which you can find on the side (or bottom on smaller screens).

For discussion and election legislation alerts, please join the VRTF discussion group by emailing the Voting Rights Task Force at: voting-rights-subscribe at yahoogroups dot com

Democracy advocates in the SF Bay Area can receive alerts about VRTF meetings at http://www.meetup.com/Voting-Rights-Task-Force-East-Bay/

Stop Unlimited Ballot Harvesting!

CALIFORNIA: AB 1921 would allow anybody to walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote by mail envelopes with ballots inside, no questions asked, no real records kept. It amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that cannot be solved with a simple stamp. It is now awaiting signature by the governor. More detailed information is at: https://countedascast.org/ballot-harvesting

What to do: Please contact the governor at:
* Email: https://govnews.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
* Phone: (916) 445-2841
* Fax: (916) 558-3160
* Mail: Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Tell him to veto AB 1821.

This says it all …

2 comments on “Welcome To Counted As Cast
  1. Deborah Hecht says:

    I have a question: paper ballots still get counted electronically. I saw a video that showed how paper ballot votes can be flipped as they’re being counted (this was with a Diebold vote counter inked paper ballots). Obviously, if you KNOW how people voted, you can tell if the counter is or isn’t accurate. The presenter pointed out if he didn’t know any better, he would have certified the election. How are you going to know if a machine counter is accurate unless you either have accurate exit polls or hand count votes and compare to the machine count. And who does the hand counting?

    • We need paper ballots. We need to professionally audit them, as if each ballot is worth at $100, because they are, at least $100. And we need a bank-level chain of custody for all election documents – electronic and paper.

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