Free Speech For People has launched a new project, in partnership with the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC), to fight for free and fair elections by challenging the use of unreliable and insecure electronic voting systems in the United States. Listed below are a few of the key initiatives of this project.
Legal actions challenging the use of insecure voting machines
amicus brief filed in u.s. Court of appeals for the fourth circuit in south carolina case
On April 17, 2019, the National Election Defense Coalition, Free Speech For People, and experts in computer science from around the country filed an amicus brief before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a case concerning the security of election technology in South Carolina. The brief argues that the state’s system is disenfranchising citizens through software errors and remains susceptible to hacking by domestic and foreign actors.
Pennsylvania Petition to Re-examine ExpressVote XL
Free Speech For People, working with the National Election Defense Coalition and Pennsylvania’s Citizens for Better Elections, filed a petition on behalf of 200 registered Pennsylvania voters with the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth seeking re-examination of the ES&S ExpressVote XL electronic voting machine. These machines have been certified for statewide use, and were approved for purchase in Philadelphia on February 20, 2019. According to the petition, the voting machines fail to meet the state’s election standards. Under Pennsylvania law, the Secretary of the Commonwealth is required to re-examine the machines upon proper request.
In the news
- Philadelphia Inquirer, Citing election security, advocates seek to force Pa. to reexamine new voting machines (July 17, 2019)
Comment submitted to the u.s. election assistance commission
On June 7, 2019, Free Speech For People and the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) submitted a public comment to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission regarding the Commission’s proposed new voting system guidelines. These guidelines were last updated in 2005. Unfortunately, the Commission’s past practice has been that, after guidelines have been updated, voting machine vendors can still test and certify their machines against the older, out-of-date guidelines. Our comment asks the Commission to ensure that, once the new guidelines are finalized, the older guidelines are retired for good.
Legal actions challenging election officials with ties to voting machine vendors
National Election Defense Coalition v. Lawson
On June 20, 2019, Free Speech For People filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) to uncover communications about election security to and from the National Association of Secretaries of State. The lawsuit under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act charges the Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, with unlawfully denying access to public records regarding the reliability and security of voting machines.
In the news
- ThinkProgress, Lawsuit asks why a Republican elections official is downplaying America’s voting security threat (June 22, 2019)
- Indianapolis Business Journal, Election watchdog groups sue Indiana secretary of state to get records on voting security (June 20, 2019)
- Politico, Secretary of state, election security advocates square off (Jan. 25, 2019)
Uncovering voting machine failures
request for records submitted to elections division of the texas secretary of state
On November 28, 2018, Free Speech For People and the National Election Defense Coalition submitted a request for records under the Texas Public Information Act for information about a serious voting machine problem that manifested during the 2018 general election.