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Connect with Others in Your State Working for Better Election Procedures

 

Action: When you compare your state to others, do you want improvements? There are many ways to start. It will take people, time and thought. Below is a list of state groups working for better elections, then a list of national groups with state chapters. Working in groups is one of our oldest and strongest approaches, cited by de Tocqueville as a reason why the US avoided the extremism of the French Revolution.

 

Talk with friends. Write letters to the editor. Tell your state legislators. In some states, people can put initiatives on the ballot.

 

If you have time in the day, apply to work in the election office or at the polls, so you gain credibility and see the process from the inside. Election offices hire and train temporaries for each election. Or you can observe as a volunteer. If you have even more time, get a paid or unpaid government internship in any office to see how government works, or volunteer for a candidate, or run for office, from city council up: Campaigns publicize your concerns, and winning office lets you vote on budgets, policies and appointments. Filing deadlines are 4-12 months before the election, so start now. Many groups train candidates.

 

Please submit other groups to: admin@votewell.net  (updated: 1/26/2022)

AK- Alaska Public Interest Research Group

AL- coalition of groups

AR- Election Integrity Project Arkansas

AZ- Audit Elections USA

AZ- Election Integrity Project Arizona

CA- CA Assoc.of Clerks & Election Officials

CA- Future of California Elections

CA- CA Voter Foundation

CA- Citizens' Oversight

CA- Election Integrity Caucus

CA- Election Integrity Project California

CA- FairVote CA

CA- Future of CA Elections

CA- Protect California Ballots

CA- Voters' Choice CA

CO- Election Quality Monitor Colorado

CT- Connecticut Citizen Action Group

CT- Connecticut Citizen Election Audit

FL- Citizens' Audit Broward

FL- Democracy Counts

FL- Florida Fair Elections Coalition

FL- Mi Vecino

GA- Black Voters Matter

GA- Coalition for Good Governance

GA- FairFight

GA- Voter GA

IL- Clean Count Cook County

IL- Illinois Election Integrity Program

LA-Citizens for a New Louisiana

MD- Maryland Voter Integrity Group

MD- SAVE our Votes

ME- Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

MI- Michigan Election Reform Alliance

MI- Ypsi, Can I Share?

MN- Citizens for Election Integrity

MN- Clean Elections Minnesota

MO- Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action

NC- Democracy NC

NC-NC Coalition for Verified Voting

NC- Transparent Elections North Carolina

NC- Voter Integrity Project, North Carolina

NH- Jaffrey Voices

NH- Open Democracy

NH- The People

NJ- Peace Voter 2020

NV- Election Integrity Project Nevada

NY- Citizens for Voting Integrity New York

NY- Let NY Vote

NY- Smart Elections

PA- Citizens for Better Elections

PA- Committee of 70

PA- Protect Our Vote Philly

PA- VotePA

TN- Shelby Advocates for Valid Elections

TX- Clean Elections Texas

TX- Democracy Counts

VA- Virginia Fair Elections

WA- Fix Democracy First

WA- Political Destiny

WA- Washington Bus

WI- Wisconsin Election Integrity

WV- Our Future WV

WV- WV Citizen Action Group

WV- WV Citizens for Clean Elections

NATIONAL GROUPS

League of Women Voters' 800 local branches

Represent Us local branches: ethics and campaign finance.

Common Cause: many states have websites in this format: commoncause.org/rhode-island/

Electionfraud20.org/ monitors pro-Trump audits by state

Sign up for Election Integrity email list

Scrutineers supports networking

VoteFlare tells voters if their voter registration changes

More groups may be at Election Integrity Caucus

Brennan Center, nation-wide examples of proven vote-counting errors (mostly assumed to be accidental) 2002-2008. A few updates.

Heritage Foundation, nation-wide examples of proven election fraud (mostly by officials or third parties, not voters) 1996-2022

 

Lobbying 101, 102

State Legislators and their past opponents

Free registration to find staff emails & fax for state and federal legislators. Faxing free or cheap is an alternative to email.

Congressional staff names, by district and topic. Congress's Schedule.

Groups which Focus on Polling Places:

Fair Fight trains poll watchers

CountTheVote.info transcribes and publishes poll tapes and other information

Validate the Vote USA organizes people to photograph precinct results on election night (at precincts which scan votes and post poll tapes) in AZ, CO, FL, GA. ME, MI. MT, NC, OH, PA, SC TN, TX, WI.

Election Defenders train volunteers to de-escalate any confrontations outside polling places

NAACP Civic Engagement trains volunteers to observe and report any issues at polling places

Detailed information on Elections:

Types of voting machines used verifiedvoting.org/verifier

STATE RULES

Election audits, map and table of state rules for election observers

Public access to get copies of ballots and ballot images, map and table of state rules

Who creates ballot images? Map and state rules. Send letter to press, candidates, officials

Reliability of voting by mail, map of state rules

Laws on posting results at precincts (poll tapes)

Many topics at National Conference of State Legislators (vendors can be sponsors)

Rules on copies of voter registration databases

Rules on observers, map and lists of state rules

 

STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS

Local election officials usvotefoundation.org /vote/eoddomestic.htm Ask them to save ballot images

State election officials: https://www.usa.gov/election-office

Candidate lists everywhere from Ballotpedia. Send letter encouraging their volunteers to observe & be watchful

Links to state election websites usa.gov/election-office or  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_official_election_results_by_state

International Association of Government Officials formed in 2016 by merger of National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) and International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT), supported by election vendors at "largest trade show in the industry"

National Association of State Election Directors (vendors can be affiliates)

Election Center-National Association of Election Officials (vendors can be corporate members)

National Association of Secretaries of State (vendors can be affiliates)

 

VOTING METHODS

ElectionScience supports Approval Voting (vote for as many candidates as you wish)

FairVote supports Ranked Choice Voting (rank as many candidates as you wish)

 

ELECTION RESULTS

State and local election tallies 1976-2018 electionlab.mit.edu/data

Links to websites with state election results and which years are available en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_official_election_results_by_state  or usa.gov/election-office without years

Mayor, council, sheriff: total votes for each candidate, and campaign donations in AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, IN, KY, LA, MN, NC, RI, SC, VA, WA, mostly 1986-present, at 2.5¢ - 5¢ per record. Groups may analyze but not share records. leap.rice.edu

President, Congress, statewide candidates and state legislatures, totals by county, each state in a separate file 2020

President, Congress, governors, 1948-2018, including some primaries and county-level tallies

President, Congress, governors, 1789-2020, paywall, library.cqpress.com/elections

US mayoral election results 1945-2007 in 834 cities and state legislatures 1967-2010

Individuals getting election data for their areas

 

Wish lists, to make standardized comparisons easier, by Stephanie Singer who prepared state files above.

Wish list for election agencies:

Wish list for voting system vendors:

Wish list for the universe: