During 2019, Coalition for Good Governance is working primarily in Georgia to bring hand-marked paper ballots to the voters of that state, while promoting this election security approach on a national battlefront. Most voting system computer science experts warn that putting a computer between a voter and the cast vote invites complex security problems and makes election auditing nearly impossible.
We have compiled information on this page to help advocates for secure elections easily access credible facts and scientific research to provide support for secure election practices related to paper ballots.
The Research Papers cover topics we have researched ourselves, often aided by experts from around the country. Also included are papers from journalists and scientists. These samples of many related papers support the near-universal conclusion that no future elections should be conducted on the paperless DRE (direct record electronic) machines. But the three largest vendors have ignored the vast scientific and public support for hand-marked paper ballots and now offer very expensive ballot marking devices (BMDs) as the newest form of electronic voting. The papers linked here explain why votes cast on BMDs are not secure and cannot be audited, despite some states’ movement toward required risk-limiting audits.
The Hazards documents are more general than the research papers, but those working toward increased election integrity will find them useful guides to what to watch for, request governmental open records on, and testify against to legislators and county commissioners and election officials.
The Did You Know? section provides links to videos, fact sheets, and other election integrity sites. Please feel free to contact us to let us know the kinds of information you are seeking so that we try to help. Also look at your state’s Secretary of State website, where you will likely find links to existing state statutes and election rules. Your state legislature’s website will list upcoming bills and the schedule for hearings on them.
If you are contemplating a lawsuit, be sure that you also look at our many legal filings on our Current Projects page. We would be pleased if you adopted any of our legal approaches that are applicable in your state. Please check back often.