Everything we do is aimed
at improving Florida’s deeply flawed election system.
To this end, we undertake many activities:
Compile and disseminate
information on various voting systems, including cost, reliability,
accessibility, security issues, federal and state certifications,
and other pertinent information. We do this by close coordination
with other election integrity activists across the state and
Collect and analyze data
on local, state, and federal elections. Disseminate our findings
as widely as possible.
||Study local, state, and federal
laws governing the conduct of elections. Keep up-to-date on
changes in laws and regulations and their impact on the integrity
||Work with other grassroots election
integrity groups and nonprofit organizations to develop an annual
legislative agenda and coordinate lobbying efforts to promote
passage of good legislation and in opposition to bad measures.
||Undertake public education efforts
aimed at improving public understanding of the election system,
its flaws, and possible solutions.
||Communicate with local and state
elected officials on election issues. Share information on technology,
legal issues, cost, and other factors.
||Observe local elections to ensure
compliance with election laws and administrative rules and procedures;
deter and document violations of law, machine failures, incompetence,
or other problems; and collect information on turnout, polling
place suitability, and poll worker training.
Some of our positions and goals are as follows:
||We believe that optical-scan,
paper-ballot voting has the potential to be the most cost-effective,
reliable, and secure technology now available, but only with
the following changes to Florida law:
- The implementation of statistically significant, pre-certification
audits of paper ballots
- The reinstatement of full manual recounts in close races
(full manual recounts under any condition were banned by
the Florida legislature in 2005)
- The posting of ALL electronic audit logs on election
night on each county’s elections website.
- The posting of all iterations of election results on
election night on each county’s election website.
- The posting of all “poll tapes” (zero tapes
and results tapes) from Early Voting, Absentee Voting, and
Precinct Voting within 24 hours of the close of the polls
on Election Night on each county’s elections website
- The guaranteed right of citizens to observe, without
disrupting the election process, every stage of election
- The guaranteed right of citizens to understand and document
a secure chain-of-custody for voting machines, paper ballots,
and all removable electronic media (such as memory cards
and cartridges that hold vote totals).
- The requirement that all codes, acronyms, etc. that are
used on electronic audit logs be made available to the public
so that they are easily understood by election officials
and the public.
- The requirement that all electronic audit logs must identify
the operator who is logged into the voting system at the
time any action is performed.
||We believe that all voters,
including the disabled and the elderly, should not have to choose
between accessibility and verifiability.
||We believe that DRE (touch-screen)
voting machines should be banned until technology exists to
ensure that they are reliable and secure.
||We want open source code on
all voting systems and the elimination of secret, proprietary
||We believe that voting machine
companies should have to disclose all political contributions
and all payments to lobbyists, consultants, and others speaking
on their behalf.
||We want an investigation of
the voting-machine certification process in Florida.
||We want better procedures and
management of elections by supervisors of elections offices.
In practice we want the state to set requirements for secure
handling of paper ballots and memory cards (chain-of-custody)
and improved security measures with respect to the central tabulator.
We want to expose fraudulent, incompetent, partisan, or non-secure
||We want to prohibit participation
in political campaigns by all elections personnel, including
the secretary of state and the supervisors of elections. Further,
we believe that supervisors of elections should be civil servants
and not elected officials.
||We support the development of
rational, nonpartisan criteria for redistricting and the establishment
of a separate redistricting commission or committee, insulated
from political pressure by the legislature, governor, or other
groups, that will apply these standards to the redrawing of
||We want to educate all Florida
citizens and their political representatives about the elections
process with the aim of increasing their participation in overseeing
elections and elections officials.
||We want to create and disseminate
a voter-awareness and education program in the public schools,
colleges, and universities.
||We want to research election
laws, rules, policies, and procedures in other states with the
goal of achieving the best possible election process in Florida.
||We want to make our positions
on election issues known to Florida legislators, give them reliable
information on these issues, and generally advocate for better
election laws, rules, policies and procedures.