Defending Fair Elections: Safeguarding our Voting Systems

If you want to work on safeguarding our voting systems, start with the basics.

1. Learn about your state.  

Verified Voting

Click on "The Verifier" and learn how your state - even county - votes.  What equipment are you using, does it leave a paper trail, and if so, what kind?  


Center for American Progress 

posted an extremely helpful report grading each state on its voting and registration system security as of February 12, 2018.  

See it here.

Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota 

has an excellent website where you can search for each state’s recount and audit laws.

Pew Charitable Trust

ranks states by 17 measures.

2. Recruit other interested constituents, especially those with a technology or legal background.  

Recruiting other constituents to join you in defending fair elections is the single most important thing you can do.  A great way to start: organize showings of Electoral Dysfunction, or iVoted?  Both are amusing for a general audience, but make the point of how disorganized our election systems and laws are.  Once they are interested in the problem, talk to them about getting to know your election officials, and set up a meeting.  

3. Call up your election officials, or go visit, and introduce yourself.       

...politely and kindly.  This isn't the stuff of Congressional confrontation.  Ask them what they're working on these days, and what their challenges are.  Listen.  Don't put them on the spot, asking if they approve of other officials' actions.  Don't ask if they think your state is conducting elections effectively.  You'll need a cooperative relationship of trust, in order to work with them to make change.  So act accordingly.  

4. Invite your election officials to your group, or ask them to meet with you.

Giving election officials a chance to talk about what they do, and how they do it, opens up the public conversation in a non-accusative way.  Ask them about their experiences, about what they find easy and hard about their job, about what laws they might change if they could change one.   Your goal, in your first meeting, is not advocacy but simply learning about their challenges, experiences, and perspective.

5. Keep up the conversation, sending them information in digestible chunks.