Our mission is to ensure accurate, verifiable and secure elections.
About Citizens for Better Elections
We are a nonpartisan citizens’ group dedicated to promoting election security and efficiency in Pennsylvania. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. All citizens deserve to know that our votes are secure and safeguarded. We are concerned that many of Pennsylvania’s voting machines are nearing the end of their usable life, and are not capable of being independently audited or recounted. We are committed to building public support for procuring accurate, verifiable and secure voting systems which scan voter-marked paper ballots. Paper ballots are an essential check and balance to avoid election crises due to machine failure, improper calibration, or hacking. Routine audits of the paper record are another necessary safeguard of our elections.
Since January of 2017, Citizens for Better Elections has grown to a network of over 350 citizens dedicated to protecting our democracy by improving the quality of our elections. Our membership includes poll workers and Judges of Elections, members of the League of Women Voters, cybersecurity and information security specialists, as well as professionals in education, law, information technology, public policy, and private sector consulting. We work in coalition with other organizations in Pennsylvania and nationwide to ensure the accuracy, verifiability and security of our elections. Join us!
Progress in Pennsylvania
Citizens for Better Elections 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. Your calls and letters were an important part of making this happen!
Progress in Montgomery County
As of September 2017, Montgomery County was not planning to purchase new voting machines before 2021. Money had been budgeted, but there was no plan to spend it yet. There would have been several more primary and general elections on our outdated, insecure electronic voting machines. With your help and the help of many allies, we made our case to the Montgomery County Commissioners. To their great credit, they listened to their constituents. They researched and recognized that new voting machines are a top priority. We are happy to report that in February of 2018, the County Commissioners publicly announced that the county will be purchasing new voting systems with a paper record in 2018. This is a big step forward. Montgomery County has the third largest number of registered voters in PA, so over 550,000 voters will soon vote on secure, accurate, and verifiable voting machines. Your calls and emails to the Commissioners made this possible! Thank you!
The Work Ahead
There is still much work to do at both the county and state level. To help counties implement new secure elections systems across Pennsylvania, they need state funding and election code changes, and the Dept. of State must certify new systems that scan voter-marked paper ballots. Montgomery County will be working to select and implement new voting systems. Poll workers will need training and voters will need education on the new systems. We are making progress toward accurate, verifiable and secure elections with one step at a time. Join us!
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