Re: suggested proposals for federal election integrity legislation

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Nov 26 2006 - 12:03:32 CST


I still need a lot of help on this fairly quickly.

With help from a few people, including Stephanie Singer, Ed Kennedy and
others, here is a revised list without the "Detailed comments" section.
Stephanie suggested moving the "Whys" and "Hows" into a "Detailed comments"
section. I still need help compiling a list of experts for each of the 13
items and writing a sentence or two for the "Detailed comments" section. A
few other people have volunteered to make revisions today to fix up the
section requiring better qualifications for the US EAC TGDC and a for
software disclosure for voting systems, and a way to avoid repeating the

Please, I am interested in specific suggestions to specific items. Thank
you very much. I am happy to send the complete word doc to anyone who wants
to help with the "Detailed comments" section.

Thank you. I would eventually like to send a version of this to all US
congressional reps and senators - with, if possible, list of voting
activists who agree with it, but I need a quick version by Tuesday to go to
a powerful Congressman via a personal friend of mine (not a voting


*Guidelines for Federal Legislation*

*to Ensure the Integrity of the Vote Count*

Below are recommendations for legislation to preserve the integrity of our
democracy. These recommendations are the result of detailed discussions
with the foremost election integrity experts in the US, over a period of
several months. They are complex and technical because counting votes is a
complex process with many vulnerabilities. Protecting the vote count is not
a simple matter.

In the interest of brevity, we have omitted many technical details. Below
the list of recommendations are more detailed comments, and the name and
contact information of experts who can provide details and answer questions
please don't hesitate to ask.


* *

   1. Require independent, transparent, verifiable, scientific manual
   audits of all machine vote counts sufficient to ensure that electronically
   counted election outcomes are correct.
   2. Require routine independent, transparent, verifiable reports on
   machine allocation, equipment failure and breakdown, undervote, overvote,
   and uncounted ballot rates, absentee and provisional ballot & voter
   registration handling, and other crucial measures of voter services.
   3. Provide funds for upgrading voting systems for jurisdictions that
   have un-auditable voting systems, but fund only "fully-auditable" voting
   systems where all voters without disabilities directly record their own
   votes on paper, so that the paper record of votes has been verified.
   4. Provide funds for conducting independent, transparent, verifiable,
   sufficient, scientific, manual audits of machine vote counts and voter
   services in all elections.
   5. Teeth Do not swear in Congressional Members or certify
   Presidential electors from states that have disenfranchised their voters by
   failing to audit transparently or have failed to submit the required
   auditable, audit, and voter service reports prior to certifying their own
   election results.
   6. Require election officials to make publicly available all election
   data and records in original paper and electronic form that would reveal
   fraud or errors in elections.
   7. Create a new database system for logging and tabulating voters'
   complaints in elections and for collecting all required auditable, audit and
   voter service reports; and for publicly posting all states' reports on the
   8. Require state election officials to submit all required auditable,
   audit and voter service reports to the US GAO.
   9. Mandate publicly disclosed software for all voting systems.
   10. Outlaw any network connections to, and or wireless capability in,
   voting equipment and prohibit voting through any network connection or by
   faxing ballots to any office other than the local election office.
   11. Require qualified credentialed persons to staff the EAC's
   technical guideline development committee.
   12. Require jurisdictions to allow representatives of non-partisan
   organizations or any well-behaved citizens to observe close-up or by
   verifiable, transparent close-up video, all aspects of elections
   13. Create a qualified degreed U.S. Vote Count Audit and Recount
   Committee subcommittee whose functions include approving state election
   audit and recount procedures and policies for election audits and voter
   service data reporting to detect and correct voter disenfranchisement.

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