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CONTENTS

Actions to take

State  groups

National groups with state activities

Voting methods

State rules

Local, state, national officials

Election results, 1789-present

 

ACTIONS

 

Below is a list of state groups working for better elections, then a list of national groups. 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.

 

Observe at the election office or its webcam, to see election processing. If you see mistakes, tell the supervisor. Tell your friends how well it goes. Click here to find what you can observe in your state. Click here to find how to get accredited, if your state needs that. The info says it’s for “poll-watchers,” and the same procedures usually apply to observing in election offices after the polls close.

 

Volunteer for a candidate, or run for office, from city council up: If you and other volunteers support a policy, your candidate will listen. Campaigns publicize issues, win or lose. Winning candidates gain a vote on budgets, policies and appointments. Filing deadlines are 4-12 months before the election, so start now. Many groups train candidates.

 

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.

 

State procedures can be improved in every state (comparison). If you want better procedures, talk with friends and candidates. Write letters to the editor. Tell your state legislators. In some states, people can put initiatives on the ballot.

 

STATE  GROUPS  Please submit others to: admin@votewell.net  (updated: 8/11/2022)

AK

Alaska Public Interest Research Group

IN

Common Cause IN

NV

All Voting is Local

AK

LWV-Alaska

IN

LWV-Indiana

NV

Election Integrity Project Nevada

AL

Coalition of Groups

IN

Indiana Vote by Mail

NV

LWV-Nevada

AL

LWV-Alabama

KS

LWV-Kansas

NY

Citizens For Voting Integrity New York

AR

Election Integrity Project Arkansas

KY

Common Cause KY

NY

Common Cause NY

AR

LWV-Arkansas

KY

LWV-Kentucky

NY

LWV-New-York

AZ

All Voting is Local

LA

Citizens for a New Louisiana

NY

Let NY Vote

AZ

Audit Elections USA

LA

Common Cause LA

NY

Smart Elections

AZ

Election Integrity Project Arizona

LA

LWV-Louisiana

OH

All Voting is Local

AZ

LWV-Arizona

MA

Common Cause MA

OH

Common Cause OH

CA

CA Assoc.of Clerks & Election Officials

MA

LWV-Massachusetts

OH

LWV-Ohio

CA

CA Voter Foundation

MD

Common Cause MD

OK

Common Cause OK

CA

Citizens' Oversight

MD

LWV-Maryland

OK

LWV-Oklahoma

CA

Common Cause CA

MD

Maryland Voter Integrity Group

OR

Common Cause OR

CA

Election Integrity Caucus

MD

SAVE Our Votes

OR

LWV-Oregon

CA

Election Integrity Project California

ME

LWV-Maine

PA

Citizens for Better Elections

CA

Fairvote CA

ME

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

PA

Committee of 70

CA

Future of CA Elections

ME

Protect Maine Elections

PA

Common Cause PA

CA

Future of California Elections

MI

All Voting is Local

PA

LWV-Pennsylvania

CA

LWV-California

MI

Common Cause MI

PA

Protect Our Vote Philly

CA

Long Beach Reform Coalition

MI

LWV-Michigan

PA

VoteAllegheny

CA

Protect California Ballots

MI

Michigan Election Reform Alliance

PA

Votepa

CA

Voters' Choice CA

MI

Ypsi, Can I Share?

RI

Common Cause RI

CO

Common Cause CO

MN

Citizens for Election Integrity

RI

LWV-Rhode-Island

CO

Election Quality Monitor Colorado

MN

Clean Elections Minnesota

SC

Common Cause SC

CO

LWV-Colorado

MN

Common Cause MN

SC

LWV-South-Carolina

CT

Common Cause CT

MN

LWV-Minnesota

SD

LWV-South Dakota

CT

Connecticut Citizen Action Group

MO

LWV-Missouri

TN

Common Cause TN

CT

Connecticut Citizen Election Audit

MO

Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action

TN

Conservative Women of Collierville

CT

LWV-Connecticut

MS

Common Cause MS

TN

LWV-Tennessee

DC

LWV-District-of Columbia

MS

LWV-Mississippi

TN

Shelby Advocates for Valid Elections

DE

Common Cause DE

MT

Common Cause MT

TN

Tennessee Voters for Election Integrity

DE

LWV-Delaware

MT

LWV-Montana

TX

Clean Elections Texas

FL

Citizens' Audit Broward

NC

Common Cause NC

TX

Common Cause TX

FL

Common Cause FL

NC

Democracy NC

TX

Democracy Counts

FL

Democracy Counts

NC

LWV-North-Carolina

TX

LWV-Texas

FL

Florida Fair Elections Coalition

NC

NC Coalition for Verified Voting

UT

LWV-Utah

FL

LWV-Florida

NC

Transparent Elections North Carolina

VA

LWV-Virginia

FL

Mi Vecino

NC

Voter Integrity Project, North Carolina

VA

Virginia Fair Elections

GA

Black Voters Matter

ND

LWV-North-Dakota

VT

LWV-Vermont

GA

Coalition for Good Governance

ND

ND Voters First

WA

Fix Democracy First

GA

Common Cause GA

NE

Common Cause NE

WA

LWV-Washington

GA

Fairfight

NE

LWV-Nebraska

WA

Political Destiny

GA

LWV-Georgia

NH

LWV-New-Hampshire

WA

Washington Bus

GA

Voter GA

NH

Jaffrey Voices

WI

All Voting is Local

HI

LWV-Hawaii

NH

Open Democracy

WI

Common Cause WI

IA

LWV-Iowa

NH

The People

WI

LWV-Wisconsin

ID

LWV-Idaho

NJ

Coalition for Peace Action

WI

Wisconsin Election Integrity

IL

Clean Count Cook County

NJ

Energizing Young Voters

WV

LWV-West-Virginia

IL

Common Cause IL

NJ

LWV-New-Jersey

WV

Our Future WV

IL

LWV-Illinois

NM

Common Cause NM

WV

WV Citizen Action Group

IL

Illinois Election Integrity Program

NM

LWV-New-Mexico

WV

WV Citizens for Clean Elections

 

 

 

 

WY

LWV-Wyoming

 

NATIONAL GROUPS

League of Women Voters info on candidates & voting, Endorses some issues, not candidates. 800 local branches. State websites are in list above.

Common Cause State activities vary, and their websites are in list above.

Election Integrity Network of the Conservative Partnership Institute, encourages conservatives to watch election offices carefully (thoughtful manual)

Other national conservative groups

Electionfraud20.org/ monitors pro-Trump audits by state

Represent Us ethics and campaign finance

Many national groups are in the Bridge Alliance

Sign up for Election Integrity email list

Scrutineers supports networking

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 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)

 

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, 1948-2020, 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: