Specter of Stolen Elections Creates Crisis

Beginning with the Presidential election in 2000, voters across the nation have been losing faith that the electoral system is fair and that candidates chosen to serve have been honestly elected. What you will find below are reports, many by scientific experts and from federal and state government, that chronicle hundreds of problems with the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the deficiencies of current electronic voting systems and provide proof that our election system is in crisis. The problem centers around five key issues:

Black Box Voting Secrecy

Computer programs or software that run election machines and tabulate results are secret and cannot be checked by the public. This invites corruption and there is currently no way to assure accountability.

Don't ask, don't tell

Corporate Control

Large corporations like Diebold and ESS dominate electronic voting machine sales and control our voting software, have strong influence over processes for approving machines and control over whether testing results are even shared.

No Paper Trail

Electronic voting terminals became popular after the hanging chad scandal in the 2000 Presidential election, but many machines purchased since then have no paper ballot, which makes accurate recounts impossible. Of votes cast in the November 2004 election, 30% were on machines that couldn't be audited!

No Consistent Data to Check Results

There are 185,000 voting precincts in the U.S. and 800,000 voting machines in place, but systems consist of technology cobbled together to minimally meet a patchwork of inconsistent requirements.

Voting Access

Older style voting terminals posed major problems for the handicapped or the sight impaired. Touch screen voting systems partially remedy this problem, but introduce a whole host of other problems.

See the articles below to become fully informed on the problem or check out the OVC Solution page.

The House Judiciary Committee Staff Report (Conyer's Report)