Election integrity

New ‘Hybrid’ Voting System Can Change Paper Ballot After It’s Been Cast

For years, election security experts have assured us that, if properly implemented, /want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba">paper ballots and routine manual audits can catch electronic vote tally manipulation.Unfortunately, there is no universal definition of “paper ballot,” which has enabled vendors and their

Democracy Reform Advocates Hail HR 1 as First Step in a Winnable Battle

Despite pushback in the Senate, advocates for democratic reforms say the recent House passage of sweeping election law changes is a critical “step one” in a three- to five-year battle to reclaim democracy.Further, they say, the legislation package HR 1, known as the “For the People Act,” will sharply differentiate Democrats from Republicans in the 2020 elections.House members passed HR 1  on a party-line vote (234–193) on March 8.The 622-page bill introduced by Rep.

For Stacey Abrams, Voter Suppression Is Personal

Stacey Abrams, whose unsuccessful campaign for governor highlighted voter suppression in Georgia, will announce her next election decision by the end of March. There is a lot of speculation about whether she’ll opt to run against incumbent Senator David Perdue (R-GA), or join the crowd seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Philly Ignores Cybersecurity and Disability Access in Voting System Selection

Philadelphia is about to replace its aging voting equipment. This would be good news, except that the city’s election commission has omitted cybersecurity and disability access as relevant considerations in its to prospective vendors.

Will a Republican Become Virginia Governor Because of Voter Suppression?

There is a very real possibility that Virginia’s top three officials — all of them Democrats — could be forced to resign over various scandals. That would leave the state’s House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican, in charge. In itself, that would be interesting but not remarkable. What is remarkable is how Cox got elected: Because the race in Virginia’s 94th district ended up tied, the GOP candidate won by drawing lots.

Activists Sue Texas for Fake Voter Fraud Alert

Texas officials caused quite a splash this week when they suggested that tens of thousands of noncitizens may have voted illegally since 1996. But it quickly became apparent that not all was what these officials made it seem to be — and now they find themselves on the receiving end of a class action lawsuit.

The Texas Two-Step on Voter Fraud: Make Outlandish Claims, Then Walk Them Back

Incendiary claims by the Texas secretary of state that 95,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Texas are already back by Texas state officials, who made headlines with what appear to be poorly documented charges.

Election Advocates Eye Florida Fixes for 2020

The 2020 presidential race could come down to Florida. But unless drastic changes are made, election advocates believe the next presidential vote count in the Sunshine State will be yet another mess.

League of Women Voters Gets Trump Bump

The League of Women Voters is experiencing a surge of new blood, new resources, and new energy. But it is the League’s “old” values that are attracting new members. Values like nonpartisanship and integrity, civility, and a refusal to be bullied.

Supreme Court Could Get in the Way of Gerrymandering Reform

The US Supreme Court’s Friday to take on two cases that deal with partisan gerrymandering is worrying some critics, who argue that a ruling could set a dangerous precedent that prevents lower courts and other bodies from intervening.The Supreme Court will likely hear oral arguments in the cases of

Wrong Votes and System Failures Mar South Carolina Elections, Report Finds

South Carolina miscounted hundreds of votes in the 2018 primary and midterm elections, according to a by the League of Women Voters state chapter. The errors cast doubt on the quality of programming in the election computers, on the functionality of the old hardware, and on the state’s current election infrastructure itself.

2018 Georgia Midterms: A Microcosm of the War on Election Integrity

The crown jewel of our work in 2018 was the coverage of Georgia’s midterm election. Early on, WhoWhatWhy realized that the gubernatorial race and the issue of voter suppression would be national news, so we dedicated unprecedented (for us) resources to shine a light on the status of voting rights in the Peach State.

WhoWhatWhy’s Top Election Integrity Stories of 2018

There is probably not another news outlet in the US that dedicated such a high share of its resources to covering election integrity. This year alone, we published more than 100 articles on this vital issue. Why are we doing this? Because we understand that the right to vote — and fair elections — are under assault. The stories below illustrate how far-reaching these threats to democracy are.

Finally, Help Arrives to Streamline Chaotic Voting Rights Restoration Process

Willie Mack found out by accident that he could register to vote. He had been filing a change-of-address form at the local department of public safety when, to his surprise, the agent helping him asked if he wanted to register to vote. Given his record of past criminal convictions, Mack asked if he could. The woman helping him confirmed, so Mack filed the paperwork.

We Don’t Know What Our Computers Are Doing

Most of us really don’t know what our computers are doing. We just know that we use them for working, communicating, shopping, banking, and having fun. But the reality is that IT experts don’t know either.This was demonstrated by several recent stories of security failures and hardware flaws of an extraordinary nature.

5 Years After ‘Shelby County,’ Democracy Has Suffered

Five years ago, the Supreme Court handed states with a history of discrimination a blank check to make it more difficult for certain demographics to vote. Within 24 hours, they started to cash in. Polling locations closed and early voting windows shortened. No longer subject to federal oversight, state legislators implemented voter identification laws. The court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Eric Holder triggered a fundamental shift in managing discrimination at the ballot box.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Was… a Fraud

New documents demonstrate that President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity was definitively full of hot air. Emails from the commission, coined the “voter fraud commission,” reveal behind-the-scenes exchanges aiming to make something out of nothing. The Commission, created in May 2017 and disbanded in January 2018 was a project created to address what the president, and others, alleged was a national voter fraud crisis. A bipartisan group of commissioners began investigating the issue.

Use It or Lose It — Voter Purges on the Rise

Most people do not wake up every day wondering if their name is still on the voter registration rolls. But maybe more of them should.In the past decade, voter purges have grown in intensity, sometimes removing thousands of eligible voters from the rolls.

Voting Machine Company Admits Installing Vulnerable Remote-Access Software

Last week special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians for allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the Democratic Party. Concern over the threat of foreign cyberattacks affecting the outcome of US elections is now seemingly on everyone’s radar. But perhaps more worrisome is the lack of a cyber defense against it. A recent case in point demonstrates the problem, and has left many cyber experts shaking their heads.

Advocates Fight Voter Suppression Measures by Helping Citizens Get Voter IDs

Legislation counteracting voter ID laws is too slow so voting rights advocates are taking matters into their own hands. Organizations like and have been providing practical — if labor-intensive — ways of getting identification into the hands of voters who need it.

Justice Kennedy’s Departure a Grim Prospect for Election Reform

Justice Anthony Kennedy&;s retirement from the Supreme Court may very well dampen the prospects for the court taking on partisan redistricting. Even worse, a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives could open the floodgates for partisan gerrymanders and voter suppression efforts.

‘Voter Integrity’ Vigilantes on a Purging Mission

Conservative organizations are weaponizing voter-challenge laws to prevent vulnerable voters from casting a ballot, civil rights and democracy groups charge.

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering, Keeps Partisan Maps in Place

Partisan gerrymandering is alive and well after the United States Supreme Court opted not to issue a decision in pivotal cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. Many had hoped for a historic ruling in which the court would determine whether blatantly partisan gerrymandering could be unconstitutional. Instead, it sent the cases back to lower courts for further “substantiation.” The decision leaves states free to continue to draw election districts to gain partisan advantage.Democrats brought the challenge in Wisconsin against a 2011 map drawn by Republican legislators.

Ensuring Poll Access for Disabled Voters Still a Big Problem

When Monica Bartley goes to the polls, she depends on her status as a longtime voter whom poll workers recognize. She maneuvers her wheelchair up a temporary ramp. The poll workers have already prepared the ballot-marking device she uses to complete her ballot. They no longer need to hover over her shoulder as she casts her vote, or insist on taking the ballot from her and inserting it into an optical scanner.

Supreme Court Hands Vote Suppressors Another Tool

Editor’s Note: Following the publication of this article, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the voter removal process described below. The decision deals a blow to election integrity not just in Ohio but throughout the country.For a variety of reasons, the voter removal system championed by Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted disproportionately affects minorities. Now that it is allowed to stand, other states may swiftly follow suit to also purge eligible voters from their rolls under the guise of fighting voter fraud.

Did Voter Suppression Cost Democrats a Crucial Victory?

Control of Virginia’s House of Delegates hung in the balance for two excruciating months following last year’s election. It all came down to the 94th district and a race that could not have been tighter. Following recounts and legal challenges, both candidates had the exact same number of votes. In the end, Republican David Yancey prevailed in a drawing of lots and the GOP retained its majority. This election is held up as an example of why voting matters. After all, any additional Democrat who had voted that day would have changed the outcome.