How Can I Help?
You can make a difference! We are moving closer to a win on this issue, but there is still work to do! Good news in 2018: Montgomery County Commissioners announced in Feb. 2018 their intention to buy new voting machines. At the state level, a Joint State Government Commission report on Voting Technology recommended “the General Assembly provide funding to assist counties in the purchase or lease of new equipment that complies with the requirements for a voter-verifiable paper record and adequate security measures.” Governor Wolf required that newly purchased voting machines must provide a paper trail to improve “security and auditability” of Pennsylvania’s elections. The bipartisan Secure Elections Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.2261), saying that “voting systems must have an auditable paper record, and that election officials must regularly audit that paper record to catch sources of error and fraud”. These are all good first steps, but our elected officials need to hear from us, so that new voting systems with voter-marked paper ballots will become a reality. Read below for easy ways to take action.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Easy Ways to Take Action
- Join us on Feb. 24 for a Montgomery County Voting Machine Open House. The Commissioners need to hear our support and have asked for public comment. Please RSVP on our contact form if you plan to attend.
- Ask your PA state legislators to support funding to buy new voting machines that scan voter-marked paper ballots. (Find your Reps here) Remind them that PA is behind the curve. Many states have already switched to paper ballots.
- Call Senators Toomey (202-224-4254) and Casey (202-224-6324). Ask them to support S.2261.
- Come to one of the following events to learn more:
* Feb. 22 – CBE presents to Our Revolution & Elkins Park Indivisible, 6:30 – 8 pm at Creekside Co-op in Elkins Park.
* Feb. 25 – League of Women Voters shows the documentary “I Voted?” at Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr at 2pm with a Q&A to follow.
* Feb. 28 – CBE presents at Upper Moreland Democrats at the Upper Moreland Public Library *March 11 – CBE presents at the LM Indivisible meeting – Ludington Library, 2pm to 3:30pm
- Sign up for Action Alerts from Citizens for Better Elections (we only send a couple per month). If you live in PA or NJ, it’s likely that you also vote on insecure machines that cannot be audited. We want to work in coalition with our neighbors. Contact us!
- Join our Facebook group: Citizens for Better Elections
- Follow us on Twitter @cbelections
- Sign up to be a poll worker. Secure elections need committed volunteers. Click here to notify us that you plan to volunteer. Then call Voter Services at 610-278-3278 to sign up.
- Did you have problems with voting machines in recent elections? Call Karley Sisler, Director, Voter Services of Montgomery County at 610-278-3275 and ask them to include it in the public record (If you live in another county, click here). Please also tell us about your elections concerns, so we are aware of recent problems.