Counting Votes 2012: A State-by-State Look at Voting Technology Preparedness

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COUNTING VOTES 2012: A State by State Look at Voting Technology Preparedness

Susannah Goodman Common Cause Education Fund Michelle Mulder Rutgers School of Law - Newark Constitutional Litigation Clinic Pamela Smith Verified Voting Foundation

ABOUT THE VERIFIED VOTING FOUNDATION The Verified Voting Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to safeguard elections in the digital age. Verified Voting is a national advocate for resilient and verifiable voting systems and processes, and a comprehensive resource of information on voting system use throughout the country. The organization was founded and is governed by leading technologists, and keeps a tradition of technical attention to voting systems and their accuracy, security and resilience against threats of failure and fraud. Verified Voting advocates for secure, reliable and accessible voting systems and election administration practices. ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION CLINIC, RUTGERS SCHOOL OF LAW - NEWARK The Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers School of Law has worked on cutting-edge constitutional reform since its founding in 1970. Since 2004 it has served as lead counsel in litigation challenging New Jersey’s use of paperless electronic voting systems. The Clinic and its faculty have litigated numerous landmark cases in state, federal and international tribunals, including in the United States Supreme Court. Among the Clinic’s cases are: the nation’s first suits challenging government surveillance of political activists; litigation establishing constitutional rights in private shopping malls, community associations and prisons; litigation establishing that non-treaty-based customary international human rights law is viable for abuses committed in the U.S., and protecting the rights of alternative political parties. In 2008 the Clinic was awarded the Clinical Legal Education Association’s “Best Case of the Year” Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project. Each year, the Clinic runs an Election Day project to assist voters who were wrongfully turned away from polling places. ABOUT THE COMMON CAUSE EDUCATION FUND The Common Cause Education Fund is the research and public education affiliate of Common Cause, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. With a 38-year track record, chapters in 35 states, and nearly 400,000 members and supporters across the country, Common Cause is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most effective grassroots advocacy organizations dedicated to reforming government and strengthening democracy in America. Together, Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund work to ensure honest and verifiable elections, to curb the political influence of big money, and to promote ethical government and also the diverse and accessible media that is essential for our democracy. © 2012. This paper is covered by the Creative Commons “Attribution-No DerivsNonCommercial” license (see It may be reproduced in its entirety as long as Verified Voting Foundation, the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic, and Common Cause are credited, links to Verified Voting’s webpage, the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s webpage, and Common Cause’s web page are provided, and no charge is imposed. The paper may not be reproduced in part or in altered form, or if a fee is charged, without Verified Voting’s, the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s and Common Cause’s permission. Please let Verified Voting, the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic and Common Cause know if you reprint.



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