Jill Stein: Huge victory for election integrity!

Great news! Today we ended our recount lawsuit in the state of Pennsylvania with a settlement guaranteeing that Pennsylvania will provide new voting systems using paper ballots by 2020, followed in 2022 by automatic audits after every election to confirm the accuracy of the vote before results are certified.

This is a critical victory for everyone concerned with the integrity of our elections, and we accomplished it together. Please help build the momentum for elections we can trust by sharing this great news on Facebookand Twitter!

Ending the use of unreliable paperless voting machines in one of our largest states is a big step towards the retirement of paperless voting machines nationwide, which one in four voters are still required to use despite their demonstrated vulnerability to hacking, tampering, and error.

Automatic robust audits provide an essential safeguard by cross-checking paper ballots against machine totals using hand counts and the human eye to make sure every election is verified before the results are official.

These two reforms are a critical first step to restoring confidence in our broken elections. Of course, much remains to be done. We look forward to continuing the fight together for elections we can trust, that are accurate, secure and just, and free from Jim Crow voter suppression!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the work so far. We couldn’t have won this huge victory without you!

It’s in our hands,
Jill Stein

PS. For more information, check out our website VotingJustice.us, which brings together critical information and resources about the ongoing work of the recount effort, as well as the broader movement for election protection and voting justice.

16 thoughts on “Jill Stein: Huge victory for election integrity!

  1. Fred Stein

    Third party candidates need to capture line A and B. I n my state of NJ one must be a qualified party candidates needs to to get 10 percent in all legislative districts. This is a catch 22 position. We can’t more votes since we all way down on the ballot. A lawsuit may help but the Dems and Reps sent the rules, and our judges are appointed by the Dems and Reps.

  2. Tony From Long Island

    How this isn’t done in all states already is beyond me. However, we all know that when more people vote, Republicans tend to lose more. They often admit as such . . . . I’m sure you will all tell me how Democrats somehow suppress votes too . . . . It gets to be predictable on here some times . . .

  3. Jared

    Tony,

    Perhaps higher voter turnout tends to benefit the Democratic Party because some demographics that swing heavily Democrat, when they do choose to vote, e.g., millennials, are unreliable when it comes to actually showing up at the polls. I see little evidence of large-scale voter suppression. Gerrymandering is more subtle and effective at undermining the democratic process, and both major parties use it to their advantage.

  4. Jared

    paulie,

    OK then. Well, I’m a tad skeptical of Democratic claims that voter ID legislation is a racist Republican conspiracy to disenfranchise African Americans. Did you have something else in mind?

  5. paulie

    It’s a racist Republican conspiracy to disenfranchise African Americans among many other groups proportionately less likely to vote Republican. And one of many methods used. Doing a search for “voter suppression” yields more than enough results including ones where they actively admit the strategy. I have other things to do than doing that search for you as I trust you can use search engines as well as I can.

  6. Jared

    paulie,

    Search engine results for “voter suppression” yield as much evidence for a Republican conspiracy as search results for “voter fraud” do for a Democratic conspiracy. Of course, both major parties will do whatever they can get away with to seize and maintain power, but as I said there are subtler and less easily quantifiable ways to go about it than naked voter suppression. The Republican establishment is smart enough to shy away from any tactic that would open them up to credible charges of racism. Ironically, it is wealthy, white, progressive politicians assuming that large swaths of the African American community are either too ignorant, too lazy, or too stupid to obtain a valid photo ID. Even if voter ID laws do overburden some voters, it seems to me public transportation and the Internet are more accessible to poor urban blacks than to poor rural whites, who lean heavily Republican. I’m personally undecided and don’t feel strongly about the issue, but I don’t buy the DNC line that such policies racially discriminate to a significant degree and do so by design. It doesn’t make sense IMO, unless one views African Americans and other minority voting demographics as special needs. There are enough injustices to expose and critique in our electoral system without having to borrow incendiary partisan talking points.

  7. paulie

    Search engine results for “voter suppression” yield as much evidence for a Republican conspiracy as search results for “voter fraud” do for a Democratic conspiracy.

    You have to actually look at the results and analyze them. The evidence for voter suppression is overwhelming and they do at least at times admit it. In-person voter fraud, at least as far as any proven cases thereof, is exceedingly rare.

  8. paulie

    The Republican establishment is smart enough to shy away from any tactic that would open them up to credible charges of racism.

    Why should they care, when enough people don’t care and they can still win elections? Any votes they lose because some people are aware of this issue and care are outweighed by the additional power they gain thru gerrymandering, voter suppression etc.

  9. paulie

    Ironically, it is wealthy, white, progressive politicians assuming that large swaths of the African American community are either too ignorant, too lazy, or too stupid to obtain a valid photo ID.

    Millions of people can’t get a valid state ID for a large variety of reasons which have nothing to do with being ignorant, lazy or stupid. I happen to be one of those, and my ID is from 2000, expired 2008. Whether I am white or not depends on whose definition you use; Census Bureau says yes, white supremacists say no. The people who can’t get an ID are disproportionately non-white, as well as other factors which make them less likely to vote for Republicans such as poor, young, etc.

  10. Starchild

    Excellent news! Congratulations to Jill Stein and her co-plaintiffs. This is an important step forward. Given the unreliability of electronic voting, mandating the use of paper ballots is vital to guaranteeing the integrity of election results.

    The devil will still be in the details however, in how the state government chooses to implement this mandate (elections with paper ballots can certainly be rigged too, if proper accountability and transparency practices are not strictly followed).

    A key litmus test in my view is whether voters have a way to verify how their vote on each question on their ballots was recorded.

    A system like this for instance: After votes are counted, each individual voter can go to a website, type in a ballot number given to them on a receipt when they vote (or retained by them when they mail in their ballot), and view how each vote they cast at the polls or mailed in was recorded, along side images of the original ballots they cast for comparison, and the video footage of that ballot being processed and added to the official tally.

  11. Starchild

    Regarding the voter suppression, I note this from the VotingJustice.org website linked in the the story (under the heading “End Voter Suppression – End the ‘New Jim Crow’ of Interstate Crosscheck”):

    “While Interstate Crosscheck is supposed to remove voters who are registered in more than one state, researchers have found that over 99% of voters purged by the system are wrongly removed from voting rolls.”

  12. Starchild

    Regarding my previous comment about the devil being in the details, this language from the settlement won by voting reform plaintiffs sounds pretty good as far as process (It would be nice to have auditing in effect for the 2020 elections, but better late than not at all):

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    “Page 3 of 8

    ROBUST PRE-CERTIFICATION AUDITING

    5. The Secretary will direct each county to audit all unofficial election results using
    robust pre-certification audit methods to be determined based on the recommendations of a Work
    Group established by the Secretary, consistent with applicable statutory authority and the
    following principles:

    a. Pre-certification. Audits must be completed before the election results are certified.

    b. Automatic. Audits must happen automatically, without a request from voters or candidates.

    c. Best Practices. Audits shall be conducted consistent with best practices in the
    field.

    d. Escalation. If the initial audit fails to rule out a possible outcome-altering error with the requisite level of confidence, additional measures must be undertaken to ensure that there are no outcome-altering errors in the vote.

    6. The Work Group shall be formed by January 1, 2019, and shall complete its written report by January 1, 2020.

    7. Plaintiffs shall have the right to designate up to ten percent (10%) of the members of the Work Group, and at a minimum one person.

    8. The Secretary shall direct that pilot auditing occur in 2021, and that auditing be fully implemented by the 2022 general election.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  13. paulie

    Regarding the voter suppression, I note this from the VotingJustice.org website linked in the the story (under the heading “End Voter Suppression – End the ‘New Jim Crow’ of Interstate Crosscheck”):

    “While Interstate Crosscheck is supposed to remove voters who are registered in more than one state, researchers have found that over 99% of voters purged by the system are wrongly removed from voting rolls.”

    Yes, that’s one small example out of many countless ones.

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