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 hand-marked paper ballots. Paper ballots are an essential check and balance to avoid election crises due to machine failure, improper calibration, or hacking. Routine robust audits of the paper record are also a 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, and professionals in education, law, information technology, public policy, and the private sector. 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 has worked in coalition with many local, state, and national groups to win significant victories in Pennsylvania through various campaigns. Your calls and letters made these victories happen!
- In February 2019, the Wolf Administration required that new voting systems in Pennsylvania provide a voter-verifiable paper ballot or paper record of votes cast.
- In April 2018, The PA Department of State required that counties select new voter-verifiable paper record voting systems by December 31, 2019, in order to improve security and auditability.
- In November 2018, Pennsylvania settled an election lawsuit by Jill Stein requiring that counties implement voting systems with voter-verifiable paper records of each vote cast by 2020, and that counties use robust pre-certification audits by 2022. Thank you, Jill Stein!
- In December 2018, Montgomery County (the 3rd largest county in Pennsylvania) approved a new contract for a voter-marked paper ballot system with a verifiable paper trail.
The Work Ahead
These are great steps forward, but there is still much work to do. We must continue to urge all county officials to select secure, verifiable systems and to implement robust pre-certification audits. We must continue to press the General Assembly to provide funding for counties to implement modern security standards to protect our votes. We are working closely with citizens from Save Bucks Votes to educate legislators in Harrisburg.
Sign up for action alerts to hear more about our Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Harrisburg campaigns. If we can get several of the largest counties in Pennsylvania to make the right decisions, we can secure votes for over one-third of Pennsylvania’s voters! Let’s keep moving! Join us!
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