It's not about being a Democrat or a Republican.

It's about being an American.

It's about the security of our voting process. American democracy depends on a legitimate, verifiable election process.


Email Your Representatives

A message you can send to your representatives:

America’s voting technology has reached a crisis point of insecurity, allowing accusations of “rigging” and “hacking” to dominate our general and primary elections, breeding fear and distrust in our democratic process.

Over a quarter of American voters are forced to cast their ballot on paperless touchscreen voting machines that cannot be verified. All paper ballots are counted by electronic optical scan tabulators that are not properly audited, or – in twelve states - not audited at all. Some machines are connected to the internet, and not every internet connection is obvious. All of these machines are aging, running on antiquated software, and increasingly prone to error and malfunction, creating long lines, particularly in minority communities.

We call on Congress and Election officials to undertake the following reforms:

  • RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT Defend voter access to the ballot box by restoring proven voter protections measures in the 1965 Voting Rights Acts.
  • MAKE UNAUDITABLE VOTING ILLEGAL All voting systems must provide a verifiable, voter record, that would then be the legal ballot of record.
  • MAKE PRIVATE VOTE COUNTING ILLEGAL All voting systems should be under public control, with every aspect of vote counting observable to all interested parties.
  • FULLY AUDIT THE VOTE COUNT Require all states to engage in robust, publicly observable auditing of the voting machines to ensure the correct results, including full 100% manual audits and recounts when necessary.
  • SECURE VOTER DATABASES Require internet firewalls and paper back-up of all voter databases to protect them from manipulation.
  • PROVIDE PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY Secure all voting records and ballots as public documents, accessible for audits and recounts, available under the Freedom of Information Act. Ensure that all software used in the election process is Open Source Software so that it can inspected, validated, and verified by the citizens that will be using it.
  • MAKE ELECTION DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY Assure that citizens have easy access to the polls.
  • ENACT UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION Register all American citizens who are eligible to vote when they reach voting age.

Voting machines and optical scanning machines used on paper ballots are more vulnerable to hacking than your laptop. The machines that in use today are running 25 year-old proprietery software that cannot be validated.

More Information

If it had not been discovered and removed, the malicious software would have portrayed ultra-nationalist Right Sector party leader Dmytro Yarosh as the winner with 37 percent of the vote (instead of the 1 percent he actually received)
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.
Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday. source...
Russian hackers used malware to mess with the 2014 Ukrainian election in a major cyberattack covered by the Wall Street Journal, among many other mainstream sources. source...
Officials in Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of eight automated voting machines at the Clinton Township voting location, according to the report. Voters attempting to vote “straight party ticket” were seeing their vote for Republican Donald Trump change to Democrat Hillary Clinton. source...
Republican lawmakers in the state called for a probe last week after reports that a Wayne County precinct reported 306 votes, but had only 50 ballots. source...