The SECURE VOTE Initiative - UpdatedSubmitted by someguy on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 06:36
The SECURE VOTE Initiative
To Your Honorable Secretary of State and/or legislators:
Currently, the way electronic voting machines are being used, little or no accountability exists, so what can be done to secure the vote of the elector?
1. Pass a bill that mandates all manufacturers of voting machines used in this state to include in their machines open source software.
2. Printouts in triplicate.
3. A vote count sub-total of all candidates on the ballot, printed out prior to each elector casting their votes.
4. A vote count sub-total of all candidates on the ballot, printed out after each elector casts their votes.
5. The elector should compare the before and after slips and see if they adjust according to how they voted.
6. If any discrepancy shows up, the individual voting booth will be frozen; elector‘s #4 printouts are shredded; repeat #3 and #4 above.
7. The top copy of these paper trails are then the property of the voter.
8. The bottom two copies are archived by the precinct administrators.
9. These paper trails will assign each voter a unique tracking number.
10. After the poll closes, a precinct tabulator will compile voting sub-totals from all individual voting booths within its precinct.
11. A final summary sheet will be immediately printed in a numerical tracking number order and posted at the polling place (tabulator location) in full view for the public to witness and on a designated state website which is responsible for posting/archiving all primaries/elections/referendums.
12. Once the precinct totals become official, tabulator oversight needs to be made at each of the subsequent levels (county, state, federal) using #11 above mandate.
13. All county, state, federal tabulators must be made non-editable to their inputs.
14. Audit logs must have physical security: locks, alarms, tamper evident seals.
15. Audit logs may only be accessed in unison by certified, bonded, ethically sound individuals: 2 from each party on the current ballot; 2 not registered with any party.
16. Contesting the final vote count must be done within 12 hours of election closure by a valid candidate whose name is on the ballot.
17. Vote count recall must be initiated within 60 hours of election closure.
18. No board members nor employees of voting machine manufacturers, their subsidiaries, or owners can donate to any political campaign or political action committee.
19. Any person found guilty of illegally tampering with the vote count will receive an automatic life sentence without parole or pardon.
If each voter is diligent at reading their printouts, head counts are observed, and tabulator printouts are validated by each feed, voting accountability can be achieved in a most accurate and timely manner.
My thanks to the following dp contributors: samadamscw, rhino, liberty4us, ArmorOfChrist777, thomasgray, and H-daddy.