Did My Vote Count?
Until Pennsylvania and Montgomery County require voting machines that scan voter-marked paper ballots, we will never know if our votes are counted. Elections are the foundation of our democracy. As citizens, we have a right to a secure election system with results that can be verified. You can help make this happen by joining Citizens for Better Elections! We are working in coalition with groups across Pennsylvania to ensure secure, accurate and verifiable elections statewide.
What is the Problem?
Pennsylvania is a swing state that could determine the winner of a Presidential election. Our region of Southeastern PA could decide the outcome of Pennsylvania’s elections, yet most of our voting machines are outdated, incapable of being audited, and vulnerable to hacking. Most of Montgomery County’s touchscreen voting machines are over 20 years old and nearing the end of their usable life. Because Montgomery County does not use machines which scan voter-marked paper ballots, there is no way to be sure that your vote was recorded accurately, and the election results cannot be independently audited or recounted. Hackers know elections can be hacked. Top computer science experts know Pennsylvania’s elections are vulnerable to hacking. Now that Russia has attempted to influence elections in the United States and other countries, we cannot allow our election system to remain insecure and unverifiable. Hand-marked paper ballots are a necessary check and balance to audit for machine error, calibration error, and hacking. It is disturbing to learn that elections, the foundation of our democracy, may be the least secure part of our government.
What is the Solution?
Pennsylvania and Montgomery County need to catch up. Many states have switched to paper ballots for accuracy and security, yet more than 80% of PA voters still have to vote without a paper ballot . Most of Pennsylvania’s voting machines are at least 10 years old and nearing the end of their useful life. The good news is that your support of this work has made a difference! With your help and the help of many allies, Citizens for Better Elections made our case to the Montgomery County Commissioners. To their great credit, they listened. They did their homework and recognized that new voting machines are a top priority. We are happy to report that in February 2018, the County Commissioners publicly announced that the county will be purchasing new voting machines in 2018. Montgomery County is the third largest county in Pennsylvania, and over 500,000 registered voters will soon vote on secure, accurate, and verifiable voting machines. There is still much work to do before this becomes a reality, so SIGN UP for action alerts and get involved.
Citizens for Better Elections also worked in coalition with several groups to make calls and send emails/letters to Governor Wolf regarding the importance of new voting machines, which scan voter-marked paper ballots. We are happy to announce that in February 2018, the Wolf administration required that newly purchased voting systems in Pennsylvania must provide a paper record in order to improve the “security and auditability” of Pennsylvania’s elections. This victory was the result of hard work by many groups at the county, state, and national level. Most counties still cannot afford to purchase the new machines without state funding assistance, so there is still work to do. JOIN US and make new secure, verifiable voting systems a reality.
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