Photo ID is clearly a security issue. There is a simple way to assure that no voter is disenfranchised on Election Day because they forgot their ID. That method is to allow them to take a "provincial ballot" which permits them to prove their identity through an alternate source or within a week of the election.
Illinois is not seriously considering Photo ID for Election Day voting. Currently ID is required to vote early, but not on Election Day. This could change after the November elections, but until then, we can increase security by citizen action on Election Day. Pollwatchers….
Of the 2 million military voters, only 4.6% cast an absentee ballot in 2010. Compared to the roughly 49% of the general population who vote, this is a shocking statistic. Under the Obama Administration, this rate fell from 5.5% in 2006 to 4.6% in 2010. This is despite the MOVE Act, which is designed to promote the registration of the military professionals on active duty.
Press Release: October 26th 2011
How difficult is it for the dead to vote in Illinois? Defend the Vote tested this question in an April 5th audit of Chicago elections. Results were complied into a report. This report, Vulnerability Assessment and Security Audit of Election Day Polling Place Procedures for the April 5, 2011 Municipal Elections in Chicago, Illinois, by Sharon Meroni, was peer-reviewed and published by the prestigious Journal of Physical Security. The Journal of Physical Security is published by Argonne National Laboratory’s Vulnerability Assessment Team.
This program is designed to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised, that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot, and that every legitimate ballot cast is accurately tabulated.
Defend the Vote is non-partisan, knowing that regardless of viewpoint, each registered citizen has the same right - one vote. We welcome participation of groups who care about the integrity of the vote.
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Defend the Vote : We are dedicated to empowering citizens to protect elections.
We are a non-partisan, non-for-profit civic organization dedicated to transparent and public elections and to assuring fair and accurate recording of the vote.
We come together for the purpose of supporting transparency and security in the voting process and because of a common passion for open elections.
We support ballot integrity to assure that no voter should be disenfranchised, that every eligible voter should be able to cast a ballot and that every legitimate ballot cast is accurately tabulated.
We recognize that technology has evolved in the last few years. With it, balloting systems. Since 2000, the rise in electronic voting has changed how Americans cast their vote. Inherent in electronic voting, is a lack of transparency of the voting process.
We are dedicated to restoring public access to all aspects of the voting process by studying how the vote is secured from a security perspective, and making this information available to the public.
Elections cannot be effectively or fairly conducted without the vital service of literally hundreds of thousands of election judges and poll workers across America. Defend the Vote has complete confidence that the vast majority of Illinois Election Judges are simply fellow citizens honestly serving their community in a complicated role. In no way do we intend to impugn the judges or their good service. Rather, Defend the Vote seeks to make available enhanced resources to encourage a security consciousness throughout the entire voting process.