Voting Equipment Controversy

The Center for Voting and Democracy has collected links to a number of sites that address the fairness and security of modern voting equipment. We urge readers to get involved in this timely issue.

  • Black Box Voting: Bev Harris' site focuses on potential problems with touchscreen voting equipment.

  • The Century Foundation: "Understanding the Debate over Electronic Voting Machines." May, 2004.

  • Citizens for Ethical Government: Resource for news coverage concerning voting equipment.

  • Founded by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF). Link to Help America Vote Act (HAVA) advocacy resources.

  • Common Cause: Statement on voting equipment says it is critical to provide a voter-verifiable paper audit trail.

  • Committee on House Administration: Letter written by the authors of HAVA addresses possible concersn.

  • The resource library is a growing collection of resources pertaining to election reform

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center:News coverage and online resources regarding voting equipment controversy.  In addition, provides an overview of HAVA, including problems with Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines, privacy implications related to DRE, and alternative voting systems.

  • League of Women Voters: "Questions and Answers on Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Systems."

  • True Majority: Seek to prohibit the use of computerized voting machines until their reliability is established.

  • Verified Voting: Advocates for transparent, reliable, and publicly verifiable elections.

  • CRS Report for Congress: Election Reform and Electronic Voting Systems (DREs): Analysis of Security Issues
Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
A better election system
Lowell Sun

Election expert Doug Amy explains how choice voting can "inject new blood" into the elections of Lowell (MA), and give voters a greater incentive to participate.

October 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
Livingston Daily

In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

August 21st 2009
Black candidate for Euclid school board to test new voting system
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Limited voting, a form of proportional voting, will be used in Euclid (OH), in the hopes of allowing better representation of minorities.

July 2nd 2009
Reforming Albany
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie responds in a letter to the editor making the case for proportional voting systems to bring substantive reform to New York's legislature.