Election Security Watchdog Group Will Neither Cease nor Desist Last week, election systems vendor ES&S sent us a “Cease and Desist” letter, threatening to sue AUDIT USA if we don’t remove the manuals for two of their voting systems from our website. We have now replied officially to that threat via letter from our attorney, […]
AUDIT USA has received a cease and desist letter from the largest voting system vendor in the US, Election Systems & Software (ES&S). Read all about it at Alternet in this excellent article by Steven Rosenfeld. UPDATE 10/2: Here’s the letter we received from ES&S, followed by our commentary about it: 18.10.02 ES&S Threat letter We […]
After Lawsuit Threatened, SOS Instructs Counties to Preserve Digital Ballot Images Before Case Filed AUDIT USA’s work for election transparency and integrity is gaining momentum around the country. Our efforts in Ohio have led to a formal, mandatory Directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted to Ohio counties to preserve the digital ballot images produced […]
In the wake of an appellate court decision, Spa City’s charter change advocates are once again trying to get their hands on electronic images of ballots cast in November’s charter referendum that was defeated by a narrow 10-vote margin.
Robert Turner, the chair of the now defunct Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission, which recommended changing the city’s 100-year-old commission form of government, sent a Freedom of Information Request on Monday afternoon to the Saratoga County Board of Elections.
Turner and Gordon Boyd, a fellow charter change proponent, were emboldened to try again after an April 12 3-2 ruling in Kosmider vs. Whitney in the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The panel of five judges decided that electronic images of election ballots can be accessed through the Freedom of Information Act. Justice Stan Pritzker, writing for the majority, said that “once electronic ballot images have been preserved … there is no statutory impediment to disclosure and they may be obtained through a FOIL request.”
“The decision was clearly a ruling in favor of transparency and accountability. FOIL request of electronic copies of ballots do not require a court order,” Boyd said. “We are resubmitting our FOIL request.”