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Connect with Others in Your State Working for Better Election Procedures

 

CONTENTS

Action to take

State groups

National groups with state activities

Voting methods

State rules

Local, state, national officials

Election results, 1789-present

 

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: 5/9/2022)

AK

Alaska Public Interest Research Group

IN

Common Cause IN

NY

Citizens for Voting Integrity New York

AK

LWV-alaska

IN

LWV-indiana

NY

Common Cause NY

AL

coalition of groups

IN

Indiana Vote by Mail

NY

LWV-new-york

AL

LWV-alabama

KS

LWV-kansas

NY

Let NY Vote

AR

Election Integrity Project Arkansas

KY

Common Cause KY

NY

Smart Elections

AR

LWV-arkansas

KY

LWV-kentucky

OH

Common Cause OH

AZ

Audit Elections USA

LA

Citizens for a New Louisiana

OH

LWV-ohio

AZ

Election Integrity Project Arizona

LA

Common Cause LA

OK

Common Cause OK

AZ

LWV-arizona

LA

LWV-louisiana

OK

LWV-oklahoma

CA

CA Assoc.of Clerks & Election Officials

MA

Common Cause MA

OR

Common Cause OR

CA

CA Voter Foundation

MA

LWV-massachusetts

OR

LWV-oregon

CA

Citizens' Oversight

MD

Common Cause MD

PA

Citizens for Better Elections

CA

Common Cause CA

MD

LWV-maryland

PA

Committee of 70

CA

Election Integrity Caucus

MD

Maryland Voter Integrity Group

PA

Common Cause PA

CA

Election Integrity Project California

MD

SAVE our Votes

PA

LWV-pennsylvania

CA

FairVote CA

ME

LWV-maine

PA

Protect Our Vote Philly

CA

Future of CA Elections

ME

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

PA

VoteAllegheny

CA

Future of California Elections

MI

Common Cause MI

PA

VotePA

CA

LWV-california

MI

LWV-michigan

RI

Common Cause RI

CA

Long Beach Reform Coalition

MI

Michigan Election Reform Alliance

RI

LWV-rhode-island

CA

Protect California Ballots

MI

Ypsi, Can I Share?

SC

Common Cause SC

CA

Voters' Choice CA

MN

Citizens for Election Integrity

SC

LWV-south-carolina

CO

Common Cause CO

MN

Clean Elections Minnesota

SD

LWV-south dakota

CO

Election Quality Monitor Colorado

MN

Common Cause MN

TN

Common Cause TN

CO

LWV-colorado

MN

LWV-minnesota

TN

Conservative Women of Collierville

CT

Common Cause CT

MO

LWV-missouri

TN

LWV-tennessee

CT

Connecticut Citizen Action Group

MO

Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action

TN

Shelby Advocates for Valid Elections

CT

Connecticut Citizen Election Audit

MS

Common Cause MS

TN

Tennessee Voters for Election Integrity

CT

LWV-connecticut

MS

LWV-mississippi

TX

Clean Elections Texas

DC

LWV-district-columbia

MT

Common Cause MT

TX

Common Cause TX

DE

Common Cause DE

MT

LWV-montana

TX

Democracy Counts

DE

LWV-delaware

NC

Common Cause NC

TX

LWV-texas

FL

Citizens' Audit Broward

NC

Democracy NC

UT

LWV-utah

FL

Common Cause FL

NC

LWV-north-carolina

VA

LWV-virginia

FL

Democracy Counts

NC

NC Coalition for Verified Voting

VA

Virginia Fair Elections

FL

Florida Fair Elections Coalition

NC

Transparent Elections North Carolina

VT

LWV-vermont

FL

LWV-florida

NC

Voter Integrity Project, North Carolina

WA

Fix Democracy First

FL

Mi Vecino

ND

LWV-north-dakota

WA

LWV-washington

GA

Black Voters Matter

NE

Common Cause NE

WA

Political Destiny

GA

Coalition for Good Governance

NE

LWV-nebraska

WA

Washington Bus

GA

Common Cause GA

NH

LWV-new-hampshire

WI

Common Cause WI

GA

FairFight

NH

Jaffrey Voices

WI

LWV-wisconsin

GA

LWV-georgia

NH

Open Democracy

WI

Wisconsin Election Integrity

GA

Voter GA

NH

The People

WV

LWV-west-virginia

HI

LWV-hawaii

NJ

LWV-new-jersey

WV

Our Future WV

IA

LWV-iowa

NJ

Peace Voter 2020

WV

WV Citizen Action Group

ID

LWV-idaho

NM

Common Cause NM

WV

WV Citizens for Clean Elections

IL

Clean Count Cook County

NM

LWV-new-mexico

WY

LWV-wyoming

IL

Common Cause IL

NV

Election Integrity Project Nevada

IL

LWV-illinois

NV

LWV-nevada

IL

Illinois Election Integrity Program

 

NATIONAL GROUPS

League of Women Voters' 800 local branches

Represent Us ethics and campaign finance

Common Cause

Electionfraud20.org/ monitors pro-Trump audits by state

Sign up for Election Integrity email list

Scrutineers supports networking

More local groups may be at Election Integrity Caucus

Many national groups are in the Bridge Alliance

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

 

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)

 

Detailed information on Elections:

Types of voting machines used verifiedvoting.org/verifier

Proven vote-counting errors (mostly assumed to be accidental) 2002-2008 were compiled by the Brennan Center. A few updates.

Proven election fraud cases (mostly by officials or third parties, not voters) 1996-2022 were compiled by Heritage Foundation

 

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

 

LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL OFFICIALS

Lobbying 101, 102 In emails, letters, calls, say main topic first, so busy staff categorize the call right. Don't start with your moving story.

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.

 

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.

Links to state election websites usa.gov/election-office oren.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)

 

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_stateor 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 2.5Ę - 5Ę 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: