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Texas upholds sentence for woman who didn’t know she was ineligible to vote | US news | The Guardian
She didn't know she wasn't allowed to vote, but she cast a provisional ballot. TX appeals court thinks she should go to prison for 5 years.
law  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian  voting 
8 days ago by mcherm
Can he do that? Ga. governor, voting rights villain, cancels election.
One way to win an election is to have the power to knock individual voters off the rolls for reasons like not showing their middle initials on the voter ID. Another way is to just cancel the election and declare that you will appoint the winner.
voting  via:reddit  election 
15 days ago by mcherm
Moscow's blockchain voting system cracked a month before election | ZDNet
In case you needed it, here is yet another example of why voting should not be performed on cutting edge technology.
blockchain  ethereum  voting  via:HackerNews  security 
august 2019 by mcherm
Voting Machine Makers Claim The Names Of The Entities That Own Them Are Trade Secrets | Techdirt
If I had known this one day earlier I would have brought it up at the meeting of my county board deciding what voting machine manufacturer to use.
voting  secrecy 
july 2019 by mcherm
Python gets a new governance model []
Python put in place a new policy on government (this replaces the BDFL). From what I can tell it was well-considered and a wise choice.
python  voting  government  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Census Citizenship Question: Trump Officials Ask Supreme Court To Delay Trial : NPR
You can perform a sort of gerrymandering for 10 years by rigging census -- can you also prevent it from being reviewed by any court in time to stop the action if it is indeed illegal?
law  DonaldTrump  politics  voting  via:reddit  npr 
december 2018 by mcherm
Voting rights: how I restored my voting rights after a felony conviction - Vox
It is difficult to find out the law on whether a former felon is permitted to vote. This author didn't find out for 12 years.
voting  law  via:vox  vox 
october 2018 by mcherm
Florida Has Been Stealing Votes From Black People Since the Civil War. That Could Change in November.
A constitutional amendment to allow former felons to vote might actually be approved by voters in Florida. But it excludes murderers and sex offenders.
voting  prison  via:boingboing  sexoffenders 
september 2018 by mcherm
An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes | PBS NewsHour
Great demonstration of just how insecure voting machines are: this conference had KIDS go ahead and hack the machines.
security  voting  via:Techdirt 
august 2018 by mcherm
Voting By Cell Phone Is A Terrible Idea, And West Virginia Is Probably The Last State That Should Try It Anyway | Techdirt
West Virginia's plan to allow voting by cell phone is really stupid. And what on earth does the company offering it mean about "using blockchain to secure" it?
via:Techdirt  techdirt  voting  security 
august 2018 by mcherm
Can a Convicted Felon Run for Office in Texas? Lewis Conway Jr. Intends to Find Out.
No convicted felon has ever run for office in Texas (really?) and the law is unclear so he doesn't know whether he can actually run or not.
law  voting  via:reddit 
july 2018 by mcherm
Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup
Governor says any newly purchased voting machines must leave a paper trail.
voting  election  local  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
How Doug Jones beat Roy Moore: Maps of Alabama in 1860 and 2017 offer a startling comparison — Quartz
Modern voting patterns look like ancient slave-owning patterns (probably because both correlate to race).
history  via:reddit  voting  datavisualization 
december 2017 by mcherm
Justice Democrat Candidates Have Been Denied Access to DNC Voter Data | WIRED
Democrats will not let anyone use their voter database if that person challenges an incumbent Democrat.
voting  politics  via:boingboing 
december 2017 by mcherm
The Troubling Record of Approval Voting at Dartmouth - FairVote
In 2 real-world experiments, "select all candidates you are OK with" resulted in strategic voting patterns as bad as or worse than first past the post.
via:reddit  voting 
december 2017 by mcherm
Lawsuit: Indiana Purging Voters Using Software That’s 99% Inaccurate
Another way to stack the votes: use software to identify people who appear to be double registered, and remove them from the voting rolls without notice. Software that is 99% false positives.
voting  politics  via:boingboing 
november 2017 by mcherm
Prisons are important pieces in Ohio gerrymandering: Out of Line - Impact 2017 and Beyond |
It's yet ANOTHER way to do unfair gerrymandering. Prisons are full of people who count as persons but don't vote. So put them all in Republican districts. (Actually only 91%.)
voting  gerrymander  via:boingboing  politics 
november 2017 by mcherm
Democrats ran a candidate who never even appeared in public or to reporters (did he exist?) and won 40% of the vote. Democrats should stop writing off districts as hopeless and then not running real campaigns.
politics  via:SlateStarCodex  voting 
september 2017 by mcherm
Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at hacking competition | TheHill
An actual test against US voting machines. The machines didn't do well.
via:reddit  voting  security 
july 2017 by mcherm
The research that convinced SCOTUS to take the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, explained - Vox
The real reason why the gerrymandering case now before the Supreme Court is different: because they can show quite clearly that the result is extremely unbalanced.
voting  law  vox  via:HackerNews 
july 2017 by mcherm
Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP
An analysis of the effects of gerrymandering in the US. It's almost all favoring the Republicans.
election  voting  via:boingboing 
june 2017 by mcherm
The mathematicians who want to save democracy : Nature News & Comment
Different mathematicians have different approaches to evaluating how gerrymandered a district map is.
voting  math  via:reddit 
june 2017 by mcherm |
Has local candidates (this is the new site for the League of Women Voters information).
election  voting  useful 
may 2017 by mcherm
How Space Weather Can Influence Elections on Earth - Motherboard
Random bit flips (possibly due to solar or cosmic rays) can actually throw off the numbers in elections with no paper trail.
voting  election  bug  via:SlateStarCodex 
march 2017 by mcherm
Would Clinton have defeated Trump in an epistocracy? | We the Pleeple
If we only let the educated vote (or gave their votes greater weight) then Trump would have won by bigger margins.
politics  election  voting  via:reddit 
december 2016 by mcherm
The worst election | David R. MacIver
A really good article which gives a simple example where Plurality, Borda count, Condorcet, and Instant Runoff Voting give DIFFERENT results.
election  voting  math  DavidMacIver  via:DavidMacIver 
december 2016 by mcherm
Three thought experiments on majority voting | David R. MacIver
Some interesting simple problems with voting. No solutions, just problems.
voting  via:DavidMacIver  DavidMacIver 
december 2016 by mcherm
New Verifier | Verified Voting
A list of voting machines and voting info for the full US.
voting  via:HackerNews 
november 2016 by mcherm
Judge slams Rick Scott’s Florida for 'obscene' disenfranchisement
Attempted but rejected ways to disenfranchise voters: if a voter's signature "looks different" than their old one, don't allow the voter to sign an affidavit to claim it is correctly signed.
law  voting 
october 2016 by mcherm
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact - Wikipedia
There *IS* a way to change US Presidential elections into a popular vote, without even having to amend the Constitution. Brilliant. Also see
politics  election  voting 
october 2016 by mcherm
If the election is hacked, we may never know | Computerworld
Some background on the unreliable touch screen voting machines in PA and how we got here.
voting  local  via:reddit 
october 2016 by mcherm
First Past The Post is not the problem, districts are | David R. MacIver
First past the post sucks, but it isn't the problem. Even a better voting system wouldn't help if we still have gerrymandering -- it's the definitions of the districts that we have to change.
voting  via:DavidMacIver 
august 2016 by mcherm
The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy
Apparently many US states (but not mine) are dabbling in internet voting, with all the terrible insecurities that come with that.
voting  via:slashdot 
august 2016 by mcherm
How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes - POLITICO Magazine
A great survey of the history of vulnerable voting machines in the US and how researchers fought to fix the problem.
election  history  via:reddit  voting 
august 2016 by mcherm
The 2.8 Million Non-Voters Who Delivered Brexit - Bloomberg View
Britain voted to leave the EU (confounding polls) because so many non-voters showed up to vote "leave".
voting  via:reddit 
july 2016 by mcherm
A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her - AMERICAblog News
An allegation (which I have not assessed) of vote machine rigging that affects elections in Kansas. The researchers are not being allowed access to paper tapes to evaluate the allegation.
voting  politics  via:reddit 
october 2015 by mcherm
How I Teach Gerrymandering
The outlines of his course on how to do gerrymandering... it's trickier than you think.
voting  via:HackerNews 
october 2015 by mcherm
Voter Registration Application
The official PA site for voter registration.
voting  useful 
october 2015 by mcherm
Gerrymanderers Miss One Person - Lowering the Bar
When they drew the lines they missed one voter. Now that one voter will decide the whole election. Oh, and she has decided to actually pay attention and vote wisely.
voting  via:LoweringTheBar  funny  law 
september 2015 by mcherm
2015 Un-Official Municipal Primary Results
Election results from the may 2015 primary election.
local  voting  personal_net 
may 2015 by mcherm
Kobach on Sedgwick County election lawsuit: Time is past, votes are sealed | The Wichita Eagle The Wichita Eagle
Researcher wants to view the paper tapes to research the accuracy of voting machines. He is told "No" because he didn't ask during the 5 day window you could request it. Or rather, he did ask but was told "No" during that time.
voting  via:HackerNews 
april 2015 by mcherm
America’s election nightmare: How voter ID, gerrymandering & fundraising made us a laughingstock -
There is a compilation of voting integrity around the world and the US doesn't do particularly well. And that's without taking unverifiable electronic voting machines into account.
voting  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
Voter ID laws fix a fake problem by creating a real one - Vox
Studies showing there's no voter fraud problem, and that there IS a people-who-don't-have-id problem.
politics  voting  vox  via:vox 
december 2014 by mcherm
Majority judgement by hand | David R. MacIver
How to implement the voting system "best median ranking wins" (technically "Majority Judgement") without having to resort to a computer to add up the votes.
voting  DavidMacIver  via:DavidMacIver 
september 2014 by mcherm
What is gerrymandering? - Everything you need to know about gerrymandering - Vox
Some really nice background information on gerrymandering. The example from Pennsylvania is particularly poignant.
voting  vox  local  politics 
august 2014 by mcherm
Open data and fair elections are incompatible | David R. MacIver
If you do a voting system based on full preferences, the data must be kept secret (not just anonymous) or you lose ballot secrecy. In other words, someone could bully you and say "Vote for my guy first then these other guys in a weird order or I'll beat you up", then could confirm it later. PS: I don't think it matters in practice.
voting  via:DavidMacIver  DavidMacIver 
march 2014 by mcherm
Towards a more perfect democracy | David R. MacIver
A well-written argument in favor of randomly selecting a ballot for elections to the legislature.
voting  via:DavidMacIver  DavidMacIver 
september 2013 by mcherm
Fake votes mar France’s first electronic election - Europe - World - The Independent
Another example of bad online voting. France ran an electronic voting system and it was riddled with fraud. So they ruled that the candidates weren't allowed to talk about fraud.
voting  via:slashdot 
june 2013 by mcherm
Deterministic voting is just too random | David R. MacIver
I explain why I think that any voting procedure that involves randomness, however safe, will be unacceptable because some of the population simply cannot understand the math behind the probability.
voting  mypostings  blogworthy  via:DavidMacIver  DavidMacIver 
april 2013 by mcherm
What Would Democracy Look Like if it Were Invented Today? | Eli Dourado
A description of direct democracy with grantable proxy voting.
january 2013 by mcherm
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