Some day in America, district lines will be drawn so that voters choose who represents them, not vice-versa. Registering to vote will be easy and convenient; every registered voter and no one else will easily be able to cast one and only one ballot. Every vote will be counted exactly as the voter intended unaffected by error or fraud, and election results routinely verified before they are certified as final. Voters' voices will be heard in the halls of government, unfiltered by special interest money.
The Election Integrity Action Team is committed to protecting all aspects of Wisconsin's elections. While we support those who are working to make voter registration and voting more convenient and reliable for eligible voters, we are currently focusing our efforts on the appropriate use and management of election technology.
Voting machines improved the speed with which we get election results, but created risks for new types of error and fraud, which elections-security practices have not yet caught up with. All across America, including in Wisconsin, the use of election technology has raced rapidly ahead of our ability to manage it safely and responsibly.
When our grandparents' votes were counted in public, every total was routinely double-checked before being declared final. With voting machines, however, our votes are counted only once inside a black box, rarely verified by humans. The software inside that box was created by a private company in some other state--and possibly modified by whoever hacked in afterwards. And yet in Wisconsin, no one checks whether error or fraud affected our machine-tabulated results before the election results are declared final. Even in the closest races, recounts are often done by machine rather than by actually looking at the ballots.
In Wisconsin, a very small number of voting machines are audited for accuracy, but only after November elections in even-numbered years (never after any other election); only for a small fraction of the precincts; and--we're not making this up--only after the machine-counted results have been declared final.
When you cast a ballot in Wisconsin, there is less than one chance in 130 that anyone will check the Election-Day accuracy of your voting machine, and zero chance anyone will check it in time to correct any errors.
In no other business or government activity are computers allowed to operate with as little quality monitoring as they are in our elections.
For more information on how Wisconsin's elections can be better protected, check out these links:
- Understand more about the vulnerabilities affecting Wisconsin's elections
- A "Field Guide" to Wisconsin's election officials--who does what at the state, county, and municipal levels.
- Five things you can do to help to protect Wisconsin elections in only a few hours a year.
- The Election Integrity Action Team's developing proposals for improving Wisconsin statutes. (Link to be added.)
- Election Integrity Blog
- Sign up for updates and information regarding Election Integrity projects in Wisconsin.
- Check out our Facebook group.
- The case for routine verification of voting-machine output
- Election Integrity - Members' Contribution Page
- Development Document
- Roster of Facilitators
- Election Integrity Questions for Candidates