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AUDIT USA has developed ballot image auditing instructions and tools to ensure transparency in the 2020 election. We must know that votes are counted correctly!

AUDIT is fighting nationwide — and especially in key states and counties — to have local election officials implement specific steps for this November’s elections that will bring transparency to the 2020 election vote tabulation process. This is one area of focus among many for the individuals and organizations fighting to maintain and strengthen the foundation of our democracy.  To learn more about the many efforts underway to protect our rights to elect our leaders, or to volunteer in these efforts, please visit Scrutineers.org. Scrutineers trains volunteers and then connects them with others in their communities, including how to do ballot image auditing.

You can help the United States have transparent and publicly verified elections.

If you would like to learn more about ballot image auditing, or would like to financially support this work, read on! 


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AUDIT USA’s work often entails filing lawsuits against election officials who do not follow federal requirements to maintain election materials — including scanned ballot images — for 22 months. Many lawyers assist us at no cost, but we must raise funds to cover filing fees and other expenses. You can support ballot image auditing by making a contribution.


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You can read detailed information about ballot image auditing by selecting any of the options under “Ballot Image Project” in the menu at the top. And learn more about AUDIT USA.


We post updates on our current work on the AUDIT USA Facebook page. Below are our three most recent posts.

Vote counting is not a matter of left or right, but of right or wrong!

4 days ago

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Just back from my adventure in North Carolina. Longtime Election Observers Barred from Wake County, NC Primary Count, Threatened w/ Arrest: 'BradCast' 5/20/2022 - Guests: Lynn Bernstein of Transparent Elections NC, John Brakey of AUDIT-USA.
FULL STORY, LISTEN: bradblog.com/?p=14273Longtime Election Observers Barred from Wake County, NC Primary Count, Threatened w/ Arrest: 'BradCast' 5/20/2022

Guests: Lynn Bernstein of Transparent Elections NC, John Brakey of AUDIT-USA; Also: GA law enforcement, election officials debunk 'voter fraud' claims in Trumpy propaganda documentary, '2000 Mules'...

FULL STORY, LISTEN: bradblog.com/?p=14273
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3 weeks ago

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Please watch, HELP and share this YouYube with Arizona Former SOS Ken Bennett & John Brakey of AUDIT Elections USA on AZ House bill 2780 that would make AZ Elections Transparent, Trackable & Publicly Verified by using anonymous ballots: Mimi Kennedy did an incredible job summarizing what we're trying to do with this bill in AZ. youtu.be/ZDadRnUbz94 Mimi Bio: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimi_Kennedy On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 8:21 AM Mimi Kennedy <mimik@me.com> wrote:
Dear Senator Quezada, I hope you don’t mind if I add my voice, as I did to emails sent to Senators Rebecca Rios and Lupe Contreras.
I am cc’d on this because I have worked on election issues since the founding of Progressive Democrats of America. I was its founding Chair of the Advisory Board, with congressional members John Conyers, Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey.
John Brakey’s solution to election transparency and security in the digital age is the most efficient, elegant, secure and scrutable I have ever encountered. Which is why I’ve supported his efforts for a decade. The matching of digital ballot image to paper ballot - and cast vote record- creates redundancy. That is what we need to prove to the public that results are real. We can’t rely on a single method of doing the count.
Redundancy is the principle that serves accuracy and security.
I have worked with the Los Angeles County Recorder since 2005 to improve our elections. We got rid of digital touchscreens whose paper trails were never inspected. We went back to paper ballots that were cumbersome. We have since implemented a paper-ballot based system that creates ballot images.
This bill would make Arizona a leader. Elections always require vigilance. But John’s approach is the one that establishes unassailable ground rules that makes vigilance effective. And county recorders will ultimately be grateful - because the doubt is removed when proof is public, and comes from both the ballot file and the paper ballot that has been scanned and made into an image. That, along with the cast vote record, creates redundancy.
The voter is never identified. Secrecy of the ballot is a fundamental requirement for honest democracy, and it is a foundational progressive principle. But public transparency of the count is also a fundamental requirement for honest democracy. And this bill gets Arizona to the head of the line. I enthusiastically support it and urge the state’s Democrats to embrace it without trepidation, regardless of the difficult relationships involved. I find politics are always difficult in that way. But the connection to the voters - of an honest count of what we choose - is the fundamental way to get all conflict resolved.
Peace,
Mimi Kennedy mimik@me.com
This is how the final version will read after its amendment in the Senate committee of the whole.
HOUSE BILL 2780
AN ACT
AMENDING TITLE 16, CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE 1, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 16-407.04; RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 16, chapter 4, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 16-407.04, to read:
16-407.04. Voter lists; ballot images; cast vote record; ballot storage; violations; classifications; definition
A. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW:
1. THE COUNTY RECORDER SHALL PUBLISH NOT LATER THAN TEN DAYS BEFORE THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION A LIST OF ALL VOTERS WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THE ELECTION, AND SHALL ONLY LIST THE NUMBER OF VOTERS BY PRECINCT WHOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES ARE PROTECTED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 11-483 AND 11-484 OR WHO ARE ENROLLED IN THE ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 41-162. THE LIST SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE VOTERS' NAMES, YEARS OF BIRTH, STREET ADDRESSES AND PRECINCT NUMBERS AND SHALL INCLUDE PERSONS WHO ARE ON THE INACTIVE VOTER LIST. THE COUNTY RECORDER SHALL POST THIS INFORMATION ON THE COUNTY RECORDER'S WEBSITE AND SHALL NOT PUBLISH A VOTER'S PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.
2. AFTER THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION AND NOT LATER THAN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS AFTER THE DELIVERY OF THE OFFICIAL COUNTY CANVASS, THE COUNTY RECORDER OR OTHER COUNTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS SHALL SUBMIT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE WHO SHALL IMMEDIATELY PUBLISH ONLINE IN A CONVENIENT DOWNLOADABLE FORMAT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
(a) A LIST OF ALL PERSONS WHO VOTED IN THE ELECTION, LIMITED TO THEIR NAMES, YEARS OF BIRTH, STREET ADDRESSES AND PRECINCT NUMBERS, AND THEIR METHOD OF VOTING. THE COUNTY RECORDER OR OTHER COUNTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS SHALL NOT SUBMIT PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AND SHALL ONLY LIST THE NUMBER OF VOTERS BY PRECINCT WHOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES ARE PROTECTED OR CONFIDENTIAL PURSUANT TO SECTION 11-483, 11-484 OR 41-162 TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
(b) ALL BALLOT IMAGES.
(c) THE CAST VOTE RECORDS IN A SORTABLE FORMAT.
3. THE COUNTY RECORDER OR OTHER COUNTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN IDENTIFYING INDICATOR TO BE LINKED TO BALLOTS OR BALLOT IMAGES, OR BOTH, THAT WHEN COMBINED WITH ACCESS TO THE CAST VOTE RECORD ALLOWS A PERSON A REASONABLE BASIS TO INDEPENDENTLY CONFIRM TABULATION RESULTS. AN IDENTIFYING INDICATOR SHALL NOT BE LINKED TO A VOTER.
4. THE COUNTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS SHALL ENSURE THAT PAPER BALLOTS ARE STORED IN A MANNER THAT ALLOWS FOR CONVENIENT RETRIEVAL.
5. A PERSON SHALL NOT USE FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES A VOTER LIST THAT IS PUBLISHED OR POSTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROTECTED VOTERS SHALL BE INCLUDED ON THE LISTS PRESCRIBED BY THIS SECTION WITHOUT INCLUDING ANY NAMES, ADDRESSES OR OTHER INFORMATION FOR THOSE PROTECTED VOTERS.
B. THE SECRETARY OF STATE, COUNTY RECORDER OR OTHER COUNTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, HANDWRITTEN STATEMENTS OR OTHER NOTATIONS MADE OR PROVIDED BY THE VOTER THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE BALLOT IMAGES.
C. ANY PERSON MAY VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR PRINT ONE OR MORE ONLINE DIGITAL COPIES OF BALLOT IMAGES BUT SHALL NOT ALTER THE CONTENTS OF AN IMAGE OR A CAST VOTE RECORD FROM THE DATABASE. A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS SUBSECTION IS GUILTY OF A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR.
D. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
1. “CAST VOTE RECORDS” MEANS ELECTRONIC RECORDS OF THE VOTERS' SELECTIONS AS CAPTURED BY A TABULATION DEVICE FROM A BALLOT OR A BALLOT IMAGE THAT CANNOT BE LINKED TO A SPECIFIC VOTER.
2. "PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION" MEANS THE VOTER'S MONTH AND DAY OF BIRTH, DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER, NONOPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE NUMBER, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR PORTION OF THAT NUMBER, AS APPLICABLE, INDIAN CENSUS NUMBER, FATHER'S NAME, MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME, STATE AND COUNTRY OF BIRTH AND THE RECORDS THAT CONTAIN A VOTER'S SIGNATURE AND A VOTER'S EMAIL ADDRESS.
Sec. 2. Section 16-673, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
16-673. Statement of contest; verification; filing
A. The elector contesting a state election, within SEVEN days after completion of the canvass of the election and declaration of the result by the secretary of state or by the governor, SHALL file in the court in which the contest is commenced a statement in writing setting forth:
1. The name and residence of the PERSON contesting the election, and that he is an elector of the state and county in which he resides.
2. The name of the person whose right to the office is contested, or the title of the measure, constitutional amendment or other proposition as it appeared ON the official ballot.
3. The office the election to which is contested.
4. The particular grounds of the contest.
B. The statement shall be verified by the affidavit of the contestor that THE CONTESTOR believes the matters and things contained IN THE STATEMENT are true.
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JohnBrakey@gmail.com 520 339 2696
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