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Work Requests for the Working Groups


This page, listing general examples of "work to do" for the EDA Working Groups,
is an extension to the discussion begun in a 12.31.09 note to the Groups about setting New Year's Resolutions for 2010.

Data Analysis:
Participate in the planning and execution of exit polling operations; perfect methods for capturing polling and election results data and performing rapid analysis; in collaboration with Investigations group, analyze election reports for evidence of fraud; in collaboration with Communications group, prepare public reports on findings.

Communcations:
Help research, write, and illustrate content for the website,  EDA brochures, public info handouts, press releases, flyers, etc.  Monitor the press for election integrity news, select and shape it for output as EDA EI newsfeeds.
Provide skilled assistance in desktop publishing, graphic design, and audio and video recording and presentation.

Election Monitoring:
Develop election monitoring methodology and provide training; prepare evaluative reports on the performance of local electoral jurisdictions; collaborate with Investigations, Legal, and Data Analysis groups in devising EDRR strategy and tactics.

Events Production:
Assist in the production of press conferences and other public informational events, legislative lobbying visits, conferences, film showings, fundraising events, film showings, etc.  Arrange logistics and manage public demonstration events, such as marches, vigils, and emergency protest rallies.

Fundraising:
Research grants, assist in preparation of project grant proposals; set up and maintain
a donor management system; communicate with donors; run year-round public fundraising campaigns.

Investigations:
Develop evidence gathering and forensic analysis methods, and provide training. Collaborate with Election Monitoring, Legal, and Data Analysis groups in formulating Election Day Rapid Response strategy and tactics.

Legal:
Study and know state and federal laws applicable to voting and elections; in collaboration with Legislation group, propose needed revisions to state election codes; research, plan, and implement training in practical election integrity legal tactics.

Legislation:
Monitor proposed state and federal election reform bills; issue policy analyses and recommendations; assist in lobbying elected officials and in educating the public about pending bills; collaborate with Legal Group in proposing amendments to election codes and getting legislators to sponsor the bills.

Media and Publicity:
Organize and run an EDA speakers' bureau; write and circulate press releases; prepare podcasts; arrange press interviews; assemble and maintain an EDA press directory.

Organizational Liaison:
Identify, research, and contact other organized public interest constituencies (civil rights, education, labor, etc.)  to explain why election integrity reforms are in everyone's best interests, and request their collaboration. Work involves extensive website research, correspondence, phone calls, personal meetings, etc. Help arrange cross-organizational informational exchanges,  issue coalitions, joint projects, and recruit individual members to participate in EDA Working Groups and the Coordinating Council as members-at-large.

Public Education:
Research and produce EDA election integrity public education materials, of graduated complexity, from general introduction to very specific issue papers.  Collaborate with Events and Fundraising groups, on film showings, public speaking engagements, press conferences, radio call-ins, houseparties.

Registration and Voting Systems:
Monitor the online meeting notes, publications, and announcements of the EAC.
Become familiar with the machine models, software versions, and system architecture of each of the E-voting vendors.
Compile and maintain a reference collection of voting system examination reports (e.g. Everest, CA TBBR, U.Conn, Princeton, Hursti, etc.) and failure incidents reported in the press. Monitor and anticipate the voting machine industry's next moves into vertical end-to-end integration of registration and voting sysems, Internet voting, and crypotography, etc. while advocating means to increase transparency of current computerized voting systems, for example through parallel public counts utilizing human-readable ballot image scanning.

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