Voter Action is a national non-profit organization that seeks to ensure election integrity in the United States through legaladvocacy, research, and public education. We aim to protect an openand transparent election process, one in which our elections at thefederal, state, and local level are accessible and verifiable. Wesupport the basic civil and political rights of all voters to casttheir ballots in an independent manner and to have to their votesaccurately recorded and counted. We seek to reclaim our elections forthe public domain, controlled by the voters and not by privateinterests.
Whatever voting system is used, it is a basic fact of
elections that votes are miscounted. In every major election
instances of vote totals that have to be amended after problems
votes have been found. These problems include switching vote
two candidates, double counting votes from particular precincts, and
or mistranscribing vote tallies. Because of this, it is
vote counts be audited in a manner likely to detect any error in the
Additionally, it is important that all audits and recounts
size based upon the margin of victory
expanded to more precincts when discrepancies are found
Jersey enacted the first law
2730 of 2007) in the country that adapts recount procedures to the
the election — in closer races, where a smaller discrepancy
could change the
outcome, the recount will be broader. The scope of the audit
expanded when discrepancies are found. Additionally, the law
sets up an
independent commission to design and oversee the audits. The commission includes
statisticians and has
strong transparency guidelines.
passed an innovative
amendment (Chapter Law 336 of 2008) to its audit procedures
that allows a
candidate to obtain a discretionary recount of up to three precincts at
expense. This is an economical and convenient way to boost
of elections by allowing those most likely to detect questionable vote
the ability to direct limited recounts.
The 2000 presidential election propelled America's problems with our
elections into the national spotlight in an unprecedented way.
Americans, night after night, watched news stories exposing the many
problems that are routine in elections but that receive little
attention: confusing ballots that lead people to mark their vote for
the wrong candidate, voter suppression aimed at minorities through
voter registration purges, and weary election officials trying to
discern voters’ intent on ambiguously marked punch card ballots.