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 an older 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).
[NOTE: CountedAsCast.COM is not working as of February, 2017. We will get it back up soon.]
This says it all …
Ex-CIA Director Woolsey Says Paperless Election Systems Could Be The Next Hacking Target
Former CIA Director James Woolsey says Americans are “looking largely at the wrong issue” when it comes to allegations of collusion between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and the White House.
During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Woolsey said the idea is “politically interesting…But it’s nowhere near the problem that the Russians could cause in our next election by doing their planned hacking and putting malware into our voting machines, and so forth over the course of the next period of time before the next election.”
Woolsey further noted, “There’s a real danger here, because approximately 25 percent of our voting machines in the United States do not have paper backups, so if the electronics have been tampered with, you will never know, and you can’t do a recount…We’ve got to get that fixed…The rest of this is very minor by comparison.”
Source: “Ex-CIA director warns about problems Russians could cause in next election”
Voting Rights Task Force
The VRTF has been active in the SF Bay Area working to ensure that our elections are verified. We are having an impact on the local, state, federal, and even international level.
For more extensive discussion and as well as alerts, please join the public VRTF discussion group by emailing the Voting Rights Task Force at: firstname.lastname@example.org or going to this page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/voting-rights/join.
Democracy advocates in the SF Bay Area can receive alerts about VRTF meetings at http://www.meetup.com/Voting-Rights-Task-Force-East-Bay/
The Voting Rights Task Force has created three election bill proposals for review by “leg counsel” system. We are now looking for a legislator to sponsor one or more of them. We urge you to take these proposals to the district office of your local assemblymember and senator, and ask them to submit them by the deadline of February 17, 2017.
The proposals are:
- for the co-funding of the development of open source election systems by Los Angeles and San Francisco counties:
[Proposal for California Supporting Public Election Systems]
for the posting of detailed precinct reports in spreadsheet format on the Internet on election night. These reports tell us how many votes each candidate received in each precinct, and are important check that our votes were counted correctly:
[Proposal For the Publishing Of Detailed Precinct Reports On The Internet On Election Night]
for a requirement that future election systems be able to take and retain digital images of all ballots, so that the public may count them using whatever method they choose. This is a draft proposal that will need amending:
[Proposal for Public Ballot Images]
To find your Calif legislator, click [HERE]
For those interested in following legislation California, this is a very important website:
I gave a talk about lobbying in Sacramento in October of 2016. The Powerpoint slides are here: [Lobbying For Transparency]
An informative video interview about lobbying in Sacramento (1/17) is here: [Lobbying interview]