Grassroots Election Monitoring and Exit Polling in Centre County, PA

CVCC Concerned Voters of Centre County

CVCC EXIT POLLS in Centre County

Without a Voter Verified Paper Ballot,
Exit Polls Are the Only Check We Have on "Official" Election Results.

Brief History of CVCC and Exit Polling
CVCC began as a small grassroots group of less than 10 people in 2005 and has grown to nearly 70 active members.

Spring 2006: As the Help America Vote Act was was being implemented, CVCC launched a public informational campaign and lobbied our county commissioners to select a voter verified voting system that provided a paper ballot for audits and recounts. Pennsylvania’s privacy laws prevent a paper roll from being used on DRE machines so we supported optical scan machines.

Despite our efforts, our Centre County commissioners purchased ES&S iVotronics, a paperless voting system.

• November, 2006: CVCC conducted poll watching in numerous precincts throughout the county.

- Our Report of Election Day Problems, 2006 documents 17 precincts that had problems printing zero tapes and opening on time.

- CVCC received numerous reports of vote-switching on the screen, especially in the Governor’s and Senator’s races. Vote Switching was reported widely across PA in 2006. It was explained to be a calibration issue or voter error.

• November, 2006: CVCC joined forced with the Pennsylvania State University Statistics Department to conduct exit polling in 3 precincts, for the first time.

- Our Exit Poll results matched the official winners in all races except for in 2 races where the official results showed the Republican candidate had won for the Governor’s race and the State Senate race, but our exit poll results showed the Democratic candidates winning those races. This was a significant difference:

Nov 2006 Exit Poll PRESS RELEASE

NOV 2006 Exit Poll Summary

• Spring 2007 - November 2007: CVCC continues public education and informational meetings in support of paper ballot voting systems.

- By November 2007 ALL candidates running against the 2 incumbent County Commissioners supported a paper record and it became a major campaign issue.

The Chair, County Commissioner who was responsible for our County's decision to purchase DREs was voted out of office and 2 of the 3 newly elected County Commissioners have committed to replacing our current paperless systems in favor of a paper ballot voting system!

- Fall 2007: CVCC was able to raise $1,020 to go towards our November 2007 exit poll expenses.

• November 2007: CVCC had poll watchers in many precincts.6 precincts had late openings and we consider it very dtrange that there were no reports of vote-switching on the screen in Centre County and we also have heard of none across the state. How were all theses calibration issues and user error problems corrected in one year?

- Our Exit poll results match official results in all races polled, with 95% confidence. This provides a strong baseline for our exit polls in November 2008. If a race does not match-up next November it will be very hard to explain.
- This accuracy rate makes us even more suspicious that 2 races did not match in our Nov. 2006 exit poll.

Op Ed for Voices of Central PA November 2007

Please Donate to Support the CVCC Exit Polls
The CVCC exit polls are conducted by volunteers, who bear the costs for materials and professional statistical analysis. Please help defray these expenses. We need to pay the Penn State Statistics Department for analysis of the 2007 general and 2008 PA primary elections, and we are raising funds to conduct exit polls in the November 2008 presidential election.

Tax-deductible donations to CVCC can be made through arrangement with Election Defense Alliance and International Humanities Center. Please use the credit card payment form below for online donations; or, you may also send checks endorsed
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Thank you to the many local citizens whose donations supported our exit polls so far, and thank you also to Election Defense Alliance for their support!

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