- Commission on Federal Election Reform3.pdf
- Committee for the Study of the American Electorate3.pdf
- Committee on election law3.pdf
- Common_Cause_Getting_It_Straight_in_2008_Summarybio (3).pdf
- Fortier2007 and 20103 .pdf
- Press re VBM incidents3.pdf
How Does Vote-By-Mail Affect Voters?
A Natural Experiment Examining Individual-Level Turnout. Authors: Elizabeth Bergman, California State University, East Bay, Philip Yates, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Elaine Ginnold, Registrar of Voters, Marin County, California. A Project Sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew Center on the States, Make Voting Work.
20,000 Ballots Cannot Be Counted In The Election For Riverside District Attorney. June 10, 2010.
Instant Inland Empire Media, Inc reported that approximately 20,000 Riverside County ballots could not be counted because they were received by the Riverside County Registrar’s office after the 8:00 p.m. election day deadline for ballots. The USPS claimed the ballots had arrived at the post office at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.”
Bungled Ballots Imperil Election. May 18, 2010.
The Examiner reported that K&H Integrated Print Solutions, the San Francisco Department of Elections vendor for VBM ballots, mailed out ballots with the wrong names to at least 1,000 voters. In addition, the vendor sent out duplicate ballots to 1,317 VBM voters.
Printing Error Leads to Ballot Mistake in Sonoma County. May 18, 2010.
The Press Democrat reported a printing error on VBM ballots sent to Democratic voters in Sonoma County, requiring more than 15,000 voters to receive a corrected ballot. The initial ballots included a measure not subject to vote by the Sonoma county voters. The error was traced to the Sonoma County printer, ProVote Solutions, formerly Sequoia Voting Systems.
Vote By Mail Project
Our country works best when everyone exercises the most important right of citizenship: the right to vote. For that reason, the process of voting should be as simple, convenient, and fair as possible. Across the country, an increasing number of cities, counties and states are making it easier for citizens to vote without standing in long lines or using potentially flawed electronic voting equipment. Whether by allowing no-excuse absentee balloting, enabling voters to permanently choose absentee balloting, or adopting vote by mail, election officials, particularly those in the West, are embracing this trend. The Vote By Mail Project is dedicated to assisting citizens and lawmakers who wish to follow these examples and expand mail in voting options for voters in their states.
Denver Looking for 11,000 Missing Mail Ballots October 24, 2008.
Rocky Mountain News reported that the USPS delivered 10,364 ballots, but the printing company, California-based Sequoia Voting Systems, claimed it shipped 21,450 ballots to the USPS. Sequoia was asked to demonstrate it actually had shipped the full complement of ballots.
Voter Fraud Investigation Could Reverse New Jersey Election Result -- Again January 2011.
The Record newspapers reported that 11 people were arrested and accused of falsifying absentee ballots by writing in the names of voters without their knowledge. One woman is also accused of voting twice, under her married name and her maiden name.
New Jersey Councilman Arrested in Alleged Voter Fraud Sweep December 2, 2010.
Paterson, New Jersey Councilman Rigo Rodriguez, 38, was arrested by State Police along with his wife and campaign manager, the report said they allegedly voted using mail-in ballots on behalf of voters who never received their ballots, according to the Attorney General.
Primary Election Ballots Delivered Too Late to be Counted September 13, 2007
The U.S. Postal Service failed to deliver more than 200 absentee ballots in time for Tuesday's primary election in Summit County, Ohio. So the ballots won't be counted, even though some were postmarked before Election Day and could have affected the outcome of a few close races.
Getting It Straight for 2008: What We Know About Mail Elections and How to Conduct Them.
Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest, provides information on Vote by Mail (VBM) elections, outlines potential problems with voting by mail and provides recommended practices for VBM elections to help mitigate or eliminate the problems.
Ballot Integrity and Voting by Mail: The Oregon Experience
As part of the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, Dr. Gronke submitted a memorandum outlining Oregon's vote-by-mail experience. This map was intended to help the Commission identify best practices for vote-by-mail systems, highlight potential pitfalls, and guide the Commission’s deliberations as they evaluated the rapid expansion of by-mail voting.
Black Box Voting: Absentee Voting Expanded
Risky electoral conditions are being introduced because someone says "Why don't we just mail ballots?" Election officials are pitching vote by mail as convenient and safe. Journalists don't always obtain an opposing point of view before publishing stories on this risky new trend. Half the USA has now shifted to no-fault absentee voting. Here is an opposing point of view, along with sources and citations for vote-by-mail incidents.
Building Confidence in U.S. Elections: Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform September 2005
The Commission on Federal Election Reform was formed to recommend ways to raise confidence in the electoral system. This report, building on the achievement of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, puts forward a set of 5 proposals to modernize our electoral system: (1) a universal voter reg. system in which the states are responsible for the accuracy & quality of the voter lists; (2) a uniform system of voter identity.; (3) have the states assume greater response to register citizens, make voting more convenient, and offer more information on registration lists and voting; (4) give confidence to voters using electronic voting machines that their votes will be counted accurately; and (5) reconstitution of the EAC & state election mgmt. bodies on a nonpartisan basis.
- Chandra Friese – Chair
- Tom Cullinane
- Sacha Lelmorini
- Suki Kott
- Carolyn Lee
- Lauren Reid
- Maryann Swazo