VerifiedVoting.org

VerifiedVoting.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes are in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems. We connect those who are making and implementing policy that shapes how we vote to those who understand the particular risks associated with the emerging digital landscape, particularly on-line and electronic voting.

Verified Voting is uniquely qualified to address this component of voting rights, as we excel in bridging the key stakeholder groups it takes to make change on these issues: election officials, voter advocates, lawmakers, technologists, researchers and the media. Our operational strategy is to bring together policy-makers and officials who are designing and implementing voting-related legislation and regulations, with the technology experts who comprehend the risks associated with the emerging digital landscape, particularly the on-line and electronic elements in voting. We connect advocates and researchers, the media and the public to provide greater understanding of these complex issues.

At Verified Voting we leverage our technology expertise and relationships with secretaries of state and election officials to focus on the top priorities of ensuring auditable systems are in place, ensuring audits are conducted, eliminating or greatly reducing the use of systems that cannot be audited nor secured, especially Internet voting, and providing an essential resource of voting technology information to the media, advocates, voters, researchers, election officials and the general public.

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Verified Voting Timeline

Since its founding by David L. Dill, Verified Voting has generated national attention developed actionable solutions, and brought about measurable results. From early 2003 to early 2010, we went from 2 to 34 states with a requirement for voters to be able to verify their vote on a paper record or ballot, and another 6 that purchased voter-verifiable systems even without a statutory requirement. We have assisted 10+ states with post-election audit provisions and helped pass requirements for more; this year half the states will do a post-election audit of some kind.

2003
January •Verified Voting founder David Dill issues a Resolution on Electronic Voting, now with 10,000+ endorsers including top computer security experts and elected officials.
Spring •California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley appoints Dill to the newly formed Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch Screen Voting.
July •Dill creates VerifiedVoting.org website and assembles a team of computer security experts to study Diebold e-voting software. The resulting Johns Hopkins/Rice University report documents extensive security flaws with Diebold equipment.
2004
January •Verified Voting’s education and advocacy in California serves as an important catalyst in prompting then Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to call for voter-verified paper ballots on all new e-voting equipment in California by July 2005 and on all existing equipment by July 2006.
February •The Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and becomes a hub of verified voting educational activities.
VVF board members Barbara Simons and David Jefferson, advisory board member Aviel D. Rubin, and others author report on the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) for internet voting by Americans serving overseas during the November 2004 elections. Pentagon scrapped the project.
May •National media exposure featuring VVF staff, board members, and volunteers. Professor Dill appears on Lou Dobbs Tonight (CNN), Jim Lehrer, and other national TV and radio programs.
October •VVF publishes the Verifier Map with voting system data and election official contact information for voting jurisdictions across the country.
November •The Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS) provides real-time reports of Election Day incidents, supporting national election protection work. The first national database of its kind, EIRS loggs tens of thousands of reports about polling places incidents and voting system issues. TechWatch technologists trained by VVF are on-call during Election Day in priority states.
VVF awards $46,000 in grants to seven state and local organizations working on verified voting issues due to the generosity of a major donor. The Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition based in Miami, Florida, organizes a landmark poll closing project to observe ballot accounting procedures.
December •Citing incident reports collected in the Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS), Congressional Reps. Conyers, Nadler and Wexler recommend that the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an audit of the 2004 election.
2005
February •VVF staff members speak at National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Washington, D.C.
April •U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) contacts Verified Voting Foundation about providing input to their audit of the 2004 election.
Verified Voting founder David Dill testifies to the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform in Washington, D.C.
June •Verified Voting founder David Dill testifies as invited witness at the June 21 hearings of the U.S. Senate Rules Committee in Washington, D.C.
July •Professor Dill provides invited testimony to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), urging both verification and accessibility.
August •VVF publishes “Accessible and Verifiable Voting Technology: A Feature Comparison” detailed evaluation of the disability access features of voting systems that provide a voter-verified paper record.
September •VVF provides comments on the EAC’s new “Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines”.
October •VVF contributes data to the report via EIRS for a GAO report on election security and reliability concerns. VVF supported Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition’s report on its poll closing project cited by the GAO.
2006
 January •VVF supports efforts in Connecticut to halt the purchase of electronic voting machines and reopen the search for HAVA-compliant technology.
Verified Voting founder David Dill provides testimony to a California Senate hearing on compliance with HAVA.
March •VVF releases commentary on voting systems purchases and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), designed to provide guidance to state and county election officials, as well as community activists, in understanding what is and is not allowed under HAVA.
October •Verified Voting publishes an updated Verifier Map with voting system data and election official contact information for voting jurisdictions across the country.
November •Verified Voting participates in the Election Protection Coalition’s 2006 efforts.
2007
March •Verified Voting President Pamela Smith testifies to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, Elections Subcommittee regarding post-election audits.
April •Verified Voting President Pamela Smith participates in the 1st EAC Cost of Testing and Certification Summit in Denver, CO.
August •Verified Voting provides information to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson regarding voting system security and auditability issues, resulting in significant movement in the state toward optical scan.
October •VVF collaborates with partner groups to organize and host the nation’s first Post-Election Audit Summit bringing together diverse stakeholders including technologists, statisticians, election officials, advocates and others to discuss the state of post-election auditing in the nation and how to move the process forward.
2008
January •Verified Voting President Pamela Smith presents a perspective on upcoming federal election to journalists by Pew Center on the States, San Francisco.
April •VVF Board Member Barbara Simons participates in an EAC Advocacy Roundtable discussion regarding the draft Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.
May •Verified Voting President Pamela Smith participates in an EAC Interdisciplinary Roundtable discussion regarding the draft Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.
Verified Voting submits comments to the EAC regarding Voluntary Voting System Guidelines VVSG.
August •VerifiedVoting.org contributes to the successful effort stall a flawed electronic verification legislation in Senate.
September •Verified Voting publishes the Technologists Statement on Internet Voting.
Verified Voting President Pamela Smith serves as executive editor for the team developing the Principles and Best Practices for Post Election Audits.
October •VVF, in collaboration with Common Cause and The Brennan Center, publishes a 50 State report – “Is America Ready to Vote?”, which ranks States’ performance in voter-verified paper ballots, post-election manual audits, ballot accounting / reconciliation and contingency plans such as emergency paper ballots in machine jurisdictions.
Verified Voting publishes an updated Verifier Map with election data and voter-registration statistics for voting jurisdictions across the country.
November •VVF partners with EARC to produce “Election Workers Survey” questionnaire.
VVF participates in the Election Protection Coalition’s 2008 efforts; training e-voting specialists for the Election Protection Coalition’s 1-866-OURVOTE voter hot line, and serving on Election Day as special advisors at OURVOTE call centers, collecting over 1900 calls reporting equipment problems.
December •VerifiedVoting.org advocates successfully for the defeat of a repeal of New Jersey’s voter-verified paper record requirement.
2009
January •Verified Voting President Pamela Smith participates as the only election integrity advocate invited to the 2nd EAC Cost of Testing/Certification meeting, Miami Beach.
February •Information provided by VerifiedVoting.org is effective in supported opposition to internet voting legislation in Washington State.
VerifiedVoting.org assists Maryland advocates with model language for post-election audits.
March •VerifiedVoting.org assists with audit legislation in Iowa, which passes the State House unanimously.
Information provided by VerifiedVoting.org is effective in assisting Maryland activists in preserving their core requirement for voter-verified paper ballots.
May •Information provided by VerifiedVoting.org helps defeat a provision that would have required Illinois to identify a vendor to provide Internet voting in the state for all voters.
June •VerifiedVoting.org’s support and guidance of election integrity advocates in Tennessee results in passage of the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act.
July •VerifiedVoting.org helps develop audit legislation for the District of Columbia, which later was signed into law.
October •VVF participates in Alexandria meeting on election audits and served on drafting committee for letters to NIST on standard data formats.
Verified Voting gives a presentation at a National Institute of Standards and Technology meeting on standard data formats.
VVF contributes to an op-ed in the Richmond Dispatch by Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis calling for paper ballots and to finish the work started with a ban on DRE in Virginia.
December •VVF submits comments for the FCC’s National Broadband Initiative, on Internet Voting.
2010
February •VerifiedVoting.org contributes to the defeat of a second attempt to repeal Virginia’s DRE ban.
March •VVF President Pamela Smith participates in Overseas Vote Foundation UOCAVA Summit “Internet Voting Debate” in Munich.
VVF hosts landmark “Small Batch Audit Meeting” in Washington DC with Common Cause, bringing together statisticians, election officials, voting system vendors, election audit specialists and technologists to advance the cause of efficient, effective audits.
May •VVF comments on the merger of two largest voting system vendors, Premier (formerly Diebold) and ES&S. VVF staff and board members subsequently participate in a Merger Task Force and meetings with the Department of Justice and Admininistration officials resulting in greater awareness and a better settlement.
June •VVF submits comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on draft Information System Security Best Practices for UOCAVA Supporting Systems.
July/August •VVF supports the UOCAVA Summit meeting development process.
2011
 March •Verified Voting Founation participates in the UOCAVA Blank Ballot Security conference hosted by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), NIST and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and were instrumental in helping bring about that event.
 Spring •Verified Voting develops a smartphone “app” to help would-be voters more readily participate in upcoming 2012 elections by giving them information they need about where and on what voting system to vote, how to register, where to get help and much more.
 July •Verified Voting Foundation participates in a forum on how to improve voter registration database issues in Sacramento, hosted by The Pew Center on the States.
 Verified Voting’s Advisory Board is joined by three new elections and technology experts: Philip Stark, Harri Hursti and Ron Rivest.
2012
February •Verified Voting Testifies to the Maryland Board of Elections regarding a proposed system for remote absentee voting.
June •Verified Voting Foundation partners with George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute to present a panel discussion on voting technology, “Is America Ready to Vote on the Internet”.
July •Verified Voting Foundation releases an updated version of the 2008 50 State report on requirements and practices for election management.
November •Verified Voting launches new website.
Governance

VerifiedVoting.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation, which lobbies for reliable and publicly verifiable election systems. Our EIN is 20-0665713. Please donate to support our important work.

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Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Accommodation Policy

VerifiedVoting.org holds diversity as a core organizational value and seeks to incorporate diversity in all organizational programs and facilities. The VerifiedVoting.org encourages qualified individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please make an inquiry to the contact listed below before your visit or participation.

VerifiedVoting.org is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by organizational policy or by local, state, or federal authorities. It is the policy of the organization to maintain an environment free of discrimination, including harassment. VerifiedVoting.org prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, health status (HIV/AIDS/Cancer), personal appearance, familial status, citizenship, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated at VerifiedVoting.org.

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Website Credits

This website was designed and built by Radical Designs, Blohm Creative Partners, and Verified Voting.

Front Page Image Credits: “Indiana Early Voting” AP/Michael Conroy; “Paper Prophets” Aurich Dawson, posted at Ars Tecnica; “Political Ads” Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press/Corbis; “Binary Code”, stock image; Icons by Nika Korniyenko, ArtNika.com.

Much of the content on this website was excerpted with permission from two sources: Counting Votes 2012: A State by State Look at Voting Technology Preparedness, Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and Rutgers School of Law, 2012; and Douglas W. Jones and Barbara Simons, Broken Ballots, 2012. We are grateful to all who contributed to this website.

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