What You Can Do to Defend Election '08 and Beyond
Participate in the Long-Term, Year-Round Campaign for Election Integrity (Overview)
Protect Your Own Vote: Verify Your Voter Registration
Sign up for Election Verification Polling (Citizen Exit Polls) http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/evp
Be Prepared to Protest Suspect Election Returns Code Orange Rapid Response Demonstrations
Choose Your Own Election Day Action Plan
Learn How to Gather Election Evidence
Download, read, and share the 2008 Citizens' Toolkit from Black Box Voting http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit.html
Choose Your Role in Election Day Rapid Response: A Six-Part Plan to Defend the Vote
Join the I-Count Corps to Hand-count Paper Ballot Elections http://electiondefensealliance.org/count/signup.php
Write a Letter to the Editor (or your Representative) http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/let_people_count
Find and Join a Local Election Integrity Group Near You http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/Regional_EI_Directory
Donate Financial Support http://electiondefensealliance.org/Donate
Get involved in any of these EDA projects:
Universal Ballot Sampling Protocol for Election Verification
Commissioning Polls and Voter Surveys as Checks on Reported Election Results
Conducting Citizens' Election Verification Polls
Legal Initiatives such as the Save New York Levers Project
Election Integrity Broadcasts via California Public News Service
Education and Organizing at Saving America Vote by Vote Screenings
Podcasting on Election Defense Radio
Videocasting on EDA TV
Citizen Activism Tools
Democracy is not for spectators. This is where you will find tools to help empower you, your friends and your fellow citizens take back control of our public election process.
Actions for Election Day
What You Can Do to Defend the Vote on Election Day
1. Vote 2. Voter Education at the Polls 3. Record Precinct Data at Close of Polls 4. Monitor the Central Count at your County Elections Department
1. VOTE (of course!) Voting in person in your local precinct is always the best policy. If you have an absentee (mail-in) ballot that you haven't already mailed, walk it in to your local polling site, or take it in person to the county election department.
2. VOTER EDUCATION at the POLLS If you can "work the polls," election day is a great opportunity for effective voter education. Sure it can be daunting to walk up to someone you don't know, and start talking about democracy, and the government we share responsibility for. But it is necessary! Take along a friend or two, and suddenly it's not so hard. You will find it is one of the most satisfying civic action experiences you've ever had. Try it -- you'll like it. Trust us on this.
See below for links to informational flyers you can hand out. To avoid the appearance of "electioneering" you will have to meet voters 150 feet beyond the poll entrance. (See further notes below).
INFORMATION SHEETS you can download, print, and hand out to voters:
a. How Do You Know? (handbill)
8 mini-handbills per sheet. Photocopy and slice along cutlines. Color gets attention! Color copies cost about 50 cents. Otherwise, B&W will do.
b. Voters' Top 10 Questions About Elections
What the Corporate Newsmedia Aren't Telling You About Elections and Your Vote
c. Election Integrity Volunteer Signup Sheet http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/files/Volunteer_Signup_020508.pdf
A Note About "Electioneering"
Some people -- including election officials -- may try to tell you what you're doing is "electioneering" and illegal. It's not. You are informing people about the realities of computer vote counting, which is a multipartisan concern. This has nothing to do with advocating a vote for or against any candidate or issue, therefore it IS NOT electioneering.
3. RECORD PRECINCT DATA at close of polls
Be present at 8:00 with a clipboard, notepad, pen, flashlight -- and digital camera if you have one.
Ask the pollworkers to copy or photograph the information on the pollworkers' signed summary report (sometimes called the "Blue Sheet") that records how many voters cast ballots in the precinct; how many ballots were received, voted, or voided; how many foreign language and provisional ballots were cast; and other important information. Also ask to see and record the voter sign-in sheets (showing who voted at the precinct) and any machine trouble reports.
Watch the pollworkers print out the machine end-of-day vote reports from the voting machines. Then copy by hand, or photograph, these "poll tapes" after the pollworkers post them on the outside of the polling site.
If you can, please upload this information to the Precint Tally Capture Project: (link forthcoming)
4. OBSERVE the CENTRAL COUNT at your COUNTY ELECTION DEPARTMENT
You are a member of the voting public and have the right to observe election procedures so long as you don't obstruct the election workers. Don't let anybody tell you any different. Things to bring: Clipboards, notepads, pens, digital cameras, video cameras, tape recorders, cell phones, and binoculars (to see the tabulator monitor screens).
For further instructions on Central Count Monitoring, LOOK HERE
ADDITIONAL GUIDES to ELECTION DAY MONITORING
Blackboxvoting.org, The AZ Election Monitoring Project, and the Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) have issued these additional guides detailing what to watch for and questions to ask.
Arizona Election Integrity Manual
This is a comprehensive manual ideal for group-effort comprehensive election monitoring. It was written for use in Arizona, but the information and methodology is generally transferable to elections in any state. This manual is truly "A to Z" in its thoroughness. http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/monitoring_computerized_elections
BlackBoxVoting.org's Guide to Election Monitoring What To Watch For
Also download BlackboxVoting's 2008 Citizen Election Tool Kit, subtitled "Top 5 Things You Can Do to Stop Election Theft" focused on election monitoring, and the earlier 2006 Took Kit edition, which is a broadbased guide for year-round election integrity action.
Two more excellent election monitoring guides used in California are also generally applicable to monitoring computerized elections anywhere (with adjustments for particular E-vendor voting systems).
SaveRVote SaveRVote Election Monitoring Guide 2008
Ohio Election Justice Campaign Quarantine That Machine!
(Treat election violations as a crime scene).