Election integrity

Is This Any Way to Vote?

Reading Time: 23 minutesAs you read this, as you listen to this podcast, chances are you’re  planning to vote soon if you haven’t already, and are wondering how you will do it — and what will happen to your vote.You have good reason to wonder. Our electoral process is counterintuitive to almost everything else we do.

Trying to Stop the Election Attacks: Scrutineers, Part VI

Reading Time: 19 minutesA recent Public Service Announcement from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that cybercriminals may circulate false election results. The PSA encourages the public only to trust election results coming from local and state election offices.

The Voting Machine Monopoly — Is This Any Way to Vote?

Reading Time: 4 minutesA tiny group of companies has become dominant in the field of voting equipment, in part because they are deeply engaged in setting up the rules that govern who can enter the marketplace.

Candidates Must Protect Election Security: Scrutineers, Part V

Reading Time: 17 minutesElections rightly belong to the public. Yet not only does the US allow proprietary voting systems, but laws in many states specify that only candidates have the legal right to challenge election outcomes.Because of this, candidates for public office must start taking their unique role in election protection seriously.

America Decides 2020: Registering to Vote, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Election Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWh

Voting by Mail Faces Obstacles Beyond the US Postal Service

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020As Congress debates cuts to the economically troubled US Postal Service, proponents of voting by mail will need to navigate through a series of other obstacles if they want to

Problems with Electronic Poll Books: Scrutineers, Part IV

Reading Time: 22 minutesIn this episode of the Scrutineers Series, host Emily Levy interviews election security advocate and social media influencer Jennifer Cohn about the dangers of electronic pollbooks. E-poll books are used around the US to check in voters as they arrive at their precincts.

An Attempted Coup in Slow Motion

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy does the Republican Party hate the US Postal Service with such damning intensity? The answer, of course, is that it doesn’t. What Republicans, and more specifically, Donald Trump, really hate is the idea of losing the election in November. The US Postal Service is merely collateral damage in a concerted plan that depends on considerable amounts of voter suppression.

The US Postal Service May Be Broken. It Doesn’t Need to Be.

Reading Time: 3 minutesRecent attacks on the US Postal Service may seem timed to the upcoming election. But the fact is that Republicans starving the agency for funds has been a long-standing trend in Washington.

America Decides 2020: Ranked-Choice Voting, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesElection Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWhatWhy explore the critical issues concerning who can vote, how ballots will be cast, and how they will be counted — questions that could shape US democracy for years to come.

Election Offices Operate in Limbo as Congress Debates More Funds

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and a member of the Morgan County Board of Elections, knows that her state needs more funds i

America Decides 2020: Voting by Mail, Explained

Reading Time: 5 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Election Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWh

Scrutineers Part II – Bennie Smith

Reading Time: 26 minutesWhat happens when a financial analytics manager applies his skills to how we determine the winners of elections?In this episode of WhoWhatWhy’s Scrutineers Series, Emily Levy interviews Bennie Smith, an election commissioner in Memphis, TN.

America Decides 2020: Early Voting, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020WhoWhatWhy is providing voters with critical information about how to cast a ballot this November and the issues that could shape how elections are carried out th

Privacy Concerns Plague Georgia Voting Initiatives

Reading Time: < 1 minuteVoters in Georgia found the state’s new voting machines to be unwieldy and full of glitches during June’s Primary. That was despite claims by state officials that the new machines were safe, private, and secure. One county chose to ditch electronic voting altogether in favor of paper ballots, citing possible privacy violations.

Trump Loses, Remains President?

Reading Time: 18 minutesMary Trump, President Donald Trump&;s niece, has written a tell-all book that portrays her uncle as a man unhinged, obsessed with winning, and still afraid of what his father might say if he loses. Which inevitably raises the question: W

Mail-in Voting Is a Must This November

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe coronavirus is not political. It does not hate Americans because of our beliefs. It does not wish to curb our freedoms due to ideological differences. It does not discriminate when it fells its victims.

Activists Worry New Georgia Voting Machines Open to Cyberattack

Reading Time: 2 minutesThirty thousand brand new voting machines have been rolled out across 159 counties in Georgia. The state has spent more than $100 million on the high-tech voting apparatus. This has been Georgia’s investment in the future of voting, after malfunctions and problems plagued the previous few elections there.

Record Turnout for Georgia Primary Despite Tech Problems

Reading Time: 3 minutesNearly a million Democrats turned out last Tuesday to vote in Georgia’s primary election. That is triple the number that cast a vote in 2016.

Voters in Georgia Frustrated by Long Lines and Broken Equipment

Reading Time: 5 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Tuesday brought chaos to Georgia, as voters across the state’s 159 counties stood in line for hours, plagued by a myriad of problems with the state’s new voting machines.

Purges Threaten Election Integrity in Georgia

Reading Time: 2 minutesImagine braving a pandemic to wait in line and cast your vote for the next president of the United States this November only to be turned away at the sign-in area because your name is no longer registered.That could be the case for hundreds of thousands of people in Georgia alone, as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger continued his predecessor’s practice

IRS Kills Requirement to Reveal Dark Money Donors

Reading Time: 3 minutesRecent IRS rule changes will exempt many politically active nonprofit 501(c) organizations from having to annually report names and addresses of major donors who donate more than $5,000 in a given year.

Kentucky Official Calls for Mail-in Voting, Limits Who Can Vote Absentee

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Tiffany Price, a 39-year-old African American woman from Louisville, Kentucky, has been looking forward to casting a ballot this year, but due to strict absentee voting requir

Advocates Reject Trump’s Vote-by-Mail Conspiracy Theories

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Amid a global health crisis, mass protests over the death of George Floyd, and economic devastation brought on by stay-at-home orders, President Donald Trump continues to hija

Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Poll Tax’ for Former Felons

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020A federal judge has delivered a landmark ruling for voting rights, arguing that Florida’s “pay-to-vote” system is unconstitutional and officials cannot condition voting rights