Electoral Accountability

The Problem: Verifiable elections are the cornerstone of democracy, yet today most states have voting procedures that are easily subject to manipulation, fraud, and hacking. In addition, the current U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that free speech includes the right of corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

Proposed Solutions:

  • Urge citizens to become acquainted with voting methods in their respective communities. Become familiar with governing bodies that control voting procedures (e.g., in the separate states of the United States, the office of the Secretary of State).
  • Seek out election reform organizations. In the U.S., for instance,
    www.blackboxvoting.org,
    www.protectcaliforniaballots.org,
    http://www.votescam.org/the_evidence,
    How votes can be changed without detection.

  • Learn about the potential for fraud in computerized voting machines, as well as in the method by which votes are counted. Study election methods in countries that have solid election procedures. Here’s a key judicial decision in Germany: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00187.htm.
  • If computerized voting machines do not exist in your jurisdiction, vigorously oppose their introduction. Paper trails serve democratic accountability; computerized voting machines and tallying machines do not.
  • Encourage the auditing of election results. For more information see:
    www.thelandesreport.com and
    www.counttheballots.org.
  • Learn whether lobbyists have to be registered in your area and how much power they wield on a local level. Read books and blogs on how to protect your voting rights.
  • Call for all candidates who run for office to pledge to uphold the rule of law. See, for example, Candidates’ Rule of Law pledges at www.ruleoflawrestoration.com.
  • Encourage citizens to run for local office as independents or members of alternative parties to build an informed and active political base that could eventually found a viable alternative party that is not controlled by corporations, and that truly adheres to transparency, democracy, the rule of law, and accountability. For those reluctant to leave the traditional two-party system in the U.S., run with the goal of winning and forming a caucus within Congress that pledges to uphold the values cited above.
  • Study electoral legal structures in other areas, such as proportional representation, instant run-off voting, and fusion voting, which facilitate independents and alternative-party candidates running for office; work to get these methods legalized in your community.
  • Urge changes in campaign financing laws. Study the issue and get involved. Resources include the Public Campaign Action Fund www.campaignmoney.org).

Examples:
New court filing reveals how the 2004 Ohio presidential election was hacked: http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2011/4239

The Scoop on Election Theft 2010: http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Scoop-on-Election-Thef-by-Josh-Mitteldorf-101103-827.html

Voting Machines Can Never Be Trusted, Says GOP Computer Security Expert: http://www.alternet.org/story/94895/

Retired NASA analyst proves GOP is stealing elections: http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/14223-retired-nsa-analyst-proves-gop-is-stealing-elections-part-i

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