Many states are hastily implementing flawed electronic voting machines and related election procedures. EFF is protecting your right to vote in the courts while working with legislators and election officials across the country to ensure fair transparent elections.
Twenty-three states still do not require a paper record of all votes despite the demonstrated technical failures of e-voting machines in the 2004 presidential election -- including the complete loss of thousands of votes. In turn voters cannot verify that the e-voting machines are recording their votes as intended and election officials cannot conduct recounts. Most of these machines use "black box" software that hasn't been publicly reviewed for security. Indeed when security researchers have inspected the devices they've found serious vulnerabilities all too often.
But poorly-designed machines are not the only problem. Most election workers remain woefully under-trained regarding potential e-voting problems. Vendor technicians frequently have unsupervised access to voting equipment. Local election officials routinely deny attempts to examine e-voting audit data.
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EFF Related Content: E-Voting Rights
- Date:Tue, 10/08/2013
OurVoteLive.org is a web application for the logging and organization of election-related problems and inquiries across the USA. Since early 2008, it's been used by the Election Protection Coalition (EPC) to coordinate efforts in several elections, including the 2008, 2009 and 2010 general elections.
- EFF and a coalition of voting integrity groups representing Sarasota County voters filed suit in state court in Tallahassee asking for a re-vote in Florida's 13th congressional district. The suit alleges that thousands of citizens were disenfranchised when massive under-votes plagued the tight congressional race between Democrat Christine Jennings and...
- A federal lawsuit filed by EFF in Ohio offers an unprecedented opportunity to expose and help fix problems related to flawed electronic voting systems. The increased scrutiny of the 2004 presidential campaign revealed an election system in dramatic need of repair. Like numerous states throughout the country Ohio's closely-contested election...
- We can and should implement accessible easier-to-use voting technologies without sacrificing election integrity. In September 2005 EFF successfully helped defeat a lawsuit to force Volusia County Florida to purchase paperless e-voting machines before the subsequent October election. Among other arguments in its legal brief EFF suggested that the County should...