Election Integrity News
Drawn from various sources and updated frequently by our editorial team, the Election Integrity News is a compilation of the latest developments in the area of election integrity. That means stories covering everything from the administration of elections, the security of the vote, voter suppression, gerrymandering, money in politics, and much more.
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November 22, 2017
Trolled by a Russian? Enquiring Facebookers Want to Know
Bowing to public pressure, Facebook will launch a portal that allows you to see if you inadvertently collaborated with the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll farm responsible for posting propaganda (aka “fake news”). The new tracking feature, to be launched by year-end, will show users which Russian-trolled Facebook pages they “liked” or “followed” during the 2016 elections and will alert users when they’ve been trolled.
Civil Rights Groups Help Stop Voter Suppression Attempt
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and Demos, a public policy group, are helping state and county election officials to stick to their voter list-maintenance obligations under the National Voter Registration Act. The civil rights groups urged hundreds of election officials to reject threatening and misleading letters from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a group attempting to launch a wide-scale voter purge effort by removing voters from registration lists.
November 21, 2017
Preventing Political Campaign Hacking—the “Harvard Way”
Bipartisan bedfellows Robby Mook (Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager) and Matt Rhoades (Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager) teamed up to write a 26-page “playbook” for political campaign operatives to deter cyber attacks in future elections. After Mook and Rhoades experienced firsthand the fallout from hacking of their operations, they joined Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where they intend to defend digital democracy.
October 26, 2017
GAO to Investigate Possible Fraud by Voter Fraud Commission?
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a/k/a the Pence-Kobach Voter Fraud Commission, has ignored several congressional requests for information about its motives and operations since its inception by President Trump’s executive order in May. Now, prompted by a recent letter from Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the US Government Accountability Office — a nonpartisan, independent watchdog agency — has agreed to investigate the Voter Fraud Commission. However, “staff with the required skills will be available to initiate an engagement,” it says — “in about five months.”
October 14, 2017
Zealously Guarded Election Officials Begin to See the Light
State and local election officials, who zealously guard control of state-administered elections, are implementing security measures for shoring up antiquated voting equipment, systems and protocols before the midterm and 2020 elections. West Virginia added a National Guardsman to its staff; Colorado and Rhode Island will use audits to verify that voters’ ballots were cast and counted in the way they intended; and Delaware will replace its outdated paperless voting system and move its digital voter list off its mainframe computer server.