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The U.S. election system is in crisis. Big-money interests dominate U.S. politics in ways unknown in other industrialized countries, with social and environmental progress often blocked by officials who cater to big donors to insure re-election funds. Incumbents are unfairly insulated by district gerrymandering and rules, which obstruct independent candidates and parties. In recent years, voters themselves have faced political and even racial obstacles in casting votes and in getting their votes counted.

A final layer of disenfranchisement exists in all-digital voting systems and internet voting. Offered as a solution to disenfranchisement, such systems are vulnerable to error and manipulation and defy public verification of results. An auditable paper ballot must protect our right to vote.

The Election Integrity Team is part of PDA's Civil Rights/Civil Justice platform. We work on the following issues:

  • Voter Access/Voter Protection
  • Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform
  • Elimination of Electronic Voting Machines/Return to Verifiable Paper Ballots
  • Mandatory Audits of Election Results
  • Restoration of Voting Rights
  • Public Financing of Elections/Free TV Time for Candidates
  • Instant Runoff Elections

Election Integrity Statistics and Facts

  • 30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote
  • In 2012 the Republican National Lawyers Committee reported that 200 individuals nationwide had been charged with voter fraud since 2000; however 24 states have enacted Voter ID legislation to prevent voter fraud and 6 states are considering legislation
  • 10% of the voting population has no Photo ID which will be required by the new restrictive state laws
  • Over 40% of Americans vote on machines with no paper trail; no valid audit is possible
  • Only 12 of the 50 states have reliable post-election audits
  • More than 5 million US citizens have lost their right to vote due to a past felony conviction

Legislation Our Team Has Endorsed

  • HR 12 (Lewis - D-GA05)/S123 (Gillibrand - D-NY) - Voter Empowerment Act
  • HR 280 (Ellison - D-MN05) - Same Day Registration Act
  • HR 281 (Ellison - D-MN05) - Voter Access Protection
  • HR 1537 (Jeffries - NY08) - End Prison Gerrymandering - For Census place of residence is last address prior to incarceration
  • HJ Res 44 (Pocan - D-WI02) - Voting is a Constitutional Right

Team Accomplishments

How You Can Get Involved

Coalition Partners

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Brennan Center for Justice, The Advancement Project, Black Box Voting, NAACP, Election Defense Alliance

Team Leader

Randall Holmes
Mimi Kennedy

 

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Randall Holmes

Randall Holmes, horticulturist, has been a political activist since the eighties, volunteering with organizations including CISPES, Sane/Freeze, DFA, Arizona Advocacy Network, and the Democratic Party. He helped found election integrity committees in the Arizona Democratic Party, and now focuses on voting rights, election integrity, campaign finance reform, redistricting, and empowering citizens to participate in running their government.

Election Integrity Articles

  • SPECIAL REPORT -- After initial hysteria, back-pedaling over NC voter fraud claims
    SPECIAL REPORT -- After initial hysteria, back-pedaling over NC voter fraud claims

    Last week, top staff of the N.C. State Board of Elections made a presentation to legislators about the state of voter registration in North Carolina. Out of the board's 58-page PowerPoint presentation [pdf], only two of the slides (34 and 35) related to the Interstate Crosscheck, a project run by the Kansas secretary of state to root out suspected voter fraud.

    Written on Saturday, 12 April 2014 19:15 Read more...
  • Seeking edge on voting rules, parties target sec. of state races
    Seeking edge on voting rules, parties target sec. of state races

    The fierce partisan battle over voting rights has both sides planning to pour massive amounts of money and resources into a handful of key 2014 campaigns for secretary of state. The new-found attention for these once-obscure races is driven by an awareness on both sides that a state’s top election official can play a critical role in expanding or restricting the right to vote—meaning control of secretary of state offices in swing states could be crucial in the 2016 presidential contest.

    Written on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:04 Read more...
  • "Voting Doesn't Matter" and other Political Lies
    "Voting Doesn't Matter" and other Political Lies

    Two billionaires, Chares and David Kochspent 2 times more money on trying to effect election outcomes in the last cycle, and they sponsor commercials complaining about Unions. Understand one thing, these two people spent 2 times more than all the unions combined throughout the country! Stop being propagandized by these two thugs.

    Written on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:02 Read more...
  • 2014 Is a Critical Year of Elections -- Its Importance Cannot Be Overstated
    2014 Is a Critical Year of Elections -- Its Importance Cannot Be Overstated

    While the midterm elections usually signify a time for the majority of the public to tune out -- an average of only about 40 percent of eligible voters even bother to vote -- this year must be different.

    Written on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 01:33 Read more...
  • Iowa Poll: Access to voting trumps voter fraud concerns
    Iowa Poll: Access to voting trumps voter fraud concerns

    A wide majority of Iowans believe it’s more important to ensure ballot access for eligible voters than to guard against voting by those who are ineligible.

    That result, captured in The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll, casts new light on a debate that has been raging in the state and across the nation for years over the appropriate balance between ballot access and security.

    Seventy-one percent of poll respondents say it’s more important that every eligible, registered voter is able to vote, compared with 25 percent who say it’s more important that no ineligible person “slips through the cracks” to cast a vote.

    Written on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:19 Read more...
  • Put the right to vote into the Constitution
    Put the right to vote into the Constitution

    Monday morning I woke up — not with Georgia — but with Selma on my mind. Selma bears witness to the bloody and murderous struggle to end discrimination in voting on the basis of race. The demonstrations there led directly to President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Written on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 02:19 Read more...
  • Nevada will be key battleground on voter ID
    Nevada will be key battleground on voter ID

    Four years ago, Sharron Angle gave to Democrats the greatest gift they could have asked for in the campaign, assuring through her nomination that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would be re-elected.

    Now, Angle is about to prove that she is the gift that keeps on giving. Or so some opponents of voter ID would hope as Nevada, inevitably, becomes a focal point of the national, partisan battle over voter suppression laws.

    Written on Monday, 10 February 2014 21:00 Read more...
  • ACLU Comment on New Voting Rights Bill Bill Not Perfect, But Big Step in Right Direction
     ACLU Comment on New Voting Rights Bill Bill Not Perfect, But Big Step in Right Direction

    At a press conference today, a bipartisan group of legislators – including by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) – will announce the introduction of The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 in Congress.

    Written on Friday, 17 January 2014 00:25 Read more...
  • Ha! Voter Suppression Group's Own Slanted Poll Finds Widespread Lack of Concern About Voter Fraud
    Ha! Voter Suppression Group's Own Slanted Poll Finds Widespread Lack of Concern About Voter Fraud

    Judicial Watch, a  right-wing group and leading player in the push for more voting restrictions, joined with the conservative Breitbart.com to sponsor the December poll. After asking questions about general corruption in Washington, D.C., the pollster (a  GOP-connected firm called the polling company, inc./WomanTrend) posed the voter fraud question. “Voter fraud occurs when people who are not eligible to vote do so anyway, or when one voter casts multiple ballots in a single election,” they asked, giving respondent the options of “a major problem in the U.S.,” “a minor problem in the U.S.,” “not a problem in the U.S.,” and “don’t know/can’t judge.”

    Written on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:57 Read more...
  • 'If I Need ID to Buy Cough Syrup, Why Shouldn't I Need ID to Vote?'
    'If I Need ID to Buy Cough Syrup, Why Shouldn't I Need ID to Vote?'

    I spent hundreds of hours talking about the law on the radio this year but one question, one exchange, especially sticks out. It was this summer, a few weeks after the five conservative justices of the United States Supreme Court extinguished the heart of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. The station's host had with him a local lawmaker who supported voter identification efforts underway in her state. "If I need to show identification at a pharmacy to get cold medicine" she asked me on the air, "why shouldn't I have to show identification to vote?"

    Written on Thursday, 02 January 2014 01:00 Read more...

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