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Florida recounts are excluding millions of voters. At this writing, there are two recounts underway in Florida: not the Senator and Governor contest recounts, but two different recount processes for both; two different types of counties; and two different types of voters. One kind of recount has been covered well in the media: a 0.5% margin and machine re-scans of paper ballots, and a 0.25% margin and hand counts of paper ballots. The other kind of recount is, at worst, a sham, and at best consists of efforts of local election officials doing what they can for voters not fortunate enough to cast a paper ballot.
Help monitor the US midterm elections, and keep polling locations accountable to the voters. The PollWatch browser app helps you to report problems at your polling location. All the reports will appear on a national map and, if verified, will appear on NBC News.
Veteran Election Technology Industry Executive Edward Perez Joins OSET Institute to Drive Open Technology Standards
Edward Perez joins the OSET Institute’s leadership team as Global Director of Technology. Edward will direct technology research and development, while serving as an evangelist for open standards and security innovation worldwide.
This Tuesday, October 30, Nick Roman, KPCC’s host of All Things Considered, interviewed OSET’s Chair & COO, Greg Miller, to discuss the use of the open source VSAP 1.0 system that will be used to tally mail-in ballots for this November’s midterm election in LA County. The topics range from election security and transparency, open …
OSET Institute to Provide NBC News Election Technology Subject Matter Expertise and Monitoring Tools for 2018 Midterm Election
OSET Institute collaborates with NBC News to provide subject matter expertise on voting technology issues for midterm election coverage.
One of the biggest changes with current election campaigns is the use of targeted ads on social media, notably Facebook. Not only are political advertisers able to target groups with laser-like precision using Facebook’s ad placement tools, these ads are invisible to everyone except the targeted group. Learn how the Mozilla Foundation teamed up with ProPublica to develop a browser extension you can use to track and make visible these previously invisible political ads.
With the United States midterm elections coming soon, US election systems are already under attack, via false or misleading stories on social media (disinformation attacks). These systems are also vulnerable to more serious subversion attacks, where digital components are targeted and compromised to alter or manipulate the actual casting of ballots and tabulation of results. How did the US reach this crisis point, where this critical infrastructure is now so vulnerable? Is there any way to remedy this threat to the most fundamental building block of a healthy democracy, a secure and reliable voting system?
To cast your ballot in the upcoming 2018 U.S. midterm election, you must be registered to vote. The TrustTheVote Project builds and maintains Rock The Vote’s online voter registration system. Register today, or learn more about your state’s registration requirements.
There are many reasons to be concerned that some adversaries of the United States will attempt, again, to sow chaos in the upcoming U.S. elections. What are the threats that US election systems face right now?