RESTORE TRANSPARENCY & TRUST IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS

The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) has been organizing since 2012 to protect American voting systems, voter access, and ballot integrity. Our goal is to build a trans-partisan movement for systemic reform of U.S. elections to develop consistent voting technology and methodology, and ensure the integrity and fairness of our democratic process.
 

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Petition To Members of Congress and State Voting Officials:

We urge Congress and state elections officials take steps necessary to restore basic integrity to our voting systems. Increasingly, trust in the system is declining, and the voting machines themselves are aging and becoming more vulnerable.

 


NEWS & OPINION

The conservative case for election security reform


BY LT. COL. TONY SCHAFFER (RET.), 

Good news: Most Americans still have at least some degree of confidence in our voting system. We have not devolved to the level of a third-world banana republic — yet.

But Americans' faith in elections has diminished considerably, and I believe justifiably. Now, only four in 10 citizens have "strong confidence" that their votes are counted as cast. Among Republicans, the proportion of people with faith in voting has fallen to just about a third.

Just the mere perception of a rigged system undermines the most basic foundations of our republic. America's incoming government has an obligation — and an opportunity — to restore the faith in our voting systems.

Read full article in The Hill


 
 

State and National headlines compiled by www.electionline.org

National News: Presidential voter fraud investigation is off to a slow start | States scramble for funding to upgrade aging voting machines

Arkansas: Senate approves voter ID bill

California: 16- and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote online | Grand Jury finds no signs of major voter fraud in OC

Colorado: Voter turnout dramatically drops for local elections

Florida: Why 30% of Florida's voting is ripe for fraud | Comparing signatures: Good enough to hand an election on? | 

Louisiana: Low turnout expected as early voting begins | Judge doesn't like it, but upholds voting ban on some felons |

Missouri: Reisch backs legislation targeting voter rolls

Nevada: Nevada could become 7th state to approve AVR | 'Motor voter' passes Senate, heads to governor's desk | Lawmakers want voter protections included in state constitution

New HampshireSenate passes bill to allow e-poll book pilot, rejects OVR | Bill redefines domicile for voting purposes and reignites voting rights debate | Towns unclear whether weather can postpone elections | Some towns postponing elections due to storm |

New Jersey: Bill would require voting machines to leave paper trail | Lawmakers want to require 'paper trail'

New Mexico: Voter registration bill dies 

New YorkAs NY marks 100 years of women's suffrage, lawmakers push voting reforms | City continues board of elections budget dance | BOE seeks $1.3M for cybersecurity measures

Texas: Senate committee approves Texas voter ID overhaul | Voter ID changes clear Senate committee | Pasadena prepares for first election since voting rights ruling

West VirginiaStricter voter ID bill proposed despite lack of in-person fraud | Voter ID bill met with mixed feelings | WV attorney general joins fight to protect election integrity

Wisconsin: Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally in 2016 | Social media gets blame for teen voting

 


Watch the 2016 Election Integrity documentary "I Voted?" 

How do you know your vote counts? Executive produced by Katie Couric, I Voted? premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
 

FIND OUT How Your VOTE IS COUNTED

Click below to visit Verified Voting.org's The Verifier interactive map, and their pages devoted to Voting EquipmentPost-Election Audits and Internet Voting.


ELECTION REFORM EFFORTS:

 

House Bill 200: A Plan to End Gerrymandering in NC
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House Bill Would Force Paper Ballots, Prevent Election Systems from Connecting to Internet
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House Dem Unveils Election Hacking Bill
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Proposed cybersecurity bills would 'prohibit' internet-connected voting systems
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Representative John Lewis Calls for Federal Protection at Polling Places
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US lawmaker proposes new legislation to protect voting systems from hackers
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NEDC ACTION:

Voting Rights Experts Debrief on First Presidential Election after the Shelby SCOTUS Decision

On November 16, 2016, the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus’ hosted a briefing to discuss the effects of voter suppression tactics during the most recent post-Shelby election and how Congress must work together to ensure the full participation of eligible voters moving forward.

Participants included Reverend Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina NAACP; Maria Urbina, Vice President of Politics and Campaigns, Voto Latino; Ari Berman, Writer and Author, The Nation; Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition; Ben Ptashnik, Executive Director, National Election Defense Coalition and Symone Sanders, Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Commentator.


Congress and Activists Mobilize to Fight Voter Suppression

In May, 2016, the NEDC worked with Congress members to organize a new Voting Rights Caucus, the first official congressional organization devoted to the cause of defending electoral democracy. 

Now 71 Representatives strong, the caucus is made up predominately of members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The Voting Rights Alliance was generated to support the Caucus. The VRA is a growing network of organizations, activists, and legislators working to restore and protect voting rights from concerted attacks that undermine our access to the polls, and to have our votes fairly counted. 

On June 23, Voting Rights Alliance members from across the country came to DC for a rally and press conference. 

At the same time thousands of callers flooded the Congressional Switchboard, demanding the House Speaker and Judiciary Committee Chairs hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act. 

That day, the Alliance also held a Twitter town hall and a Twitter storm using the hashtag #ProtestShelby2016. The social media conversation included thousands of participants helping to launch a national campaign to push for the Voting Rights Advancement Act’s remedial legislation needed to restore voting rights, and to build a resistance movement to voter suppression.

Read the NEDC report at Truthout.org

 

 

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