Campaign 2004: Election Monitors

Ensure an Honest Election - Be a Votewatcher
Campaign 2004: Election Monitors

"As a Votewatcher, you'll be trained for one of two roles: 1) You'll poll voters leaving their precinct on election day, sending us the data you've collected by fax or handheld computer; or 2) You'll sit inside a precinct for about 4 hours, recording your observations and immediately reporting them to us by telephone or the Internet. We'll combine your observations with data from other Votewatchers and outside sources, analyze the data, report any trends or patterns on the Votewatch website, and immediately send the information to the media, election officials, and other interested parties. Your efforts also will contribute to post-election day reports on issues like best election practices, ballot design, and election lessons learned. More than 3,600 Votewatchers are needed on election day across key battleground states. If you reside in a battleground state, have easy access to a telephone or the Internet, and can commit 4 hours of your time on election day, please sign-up."

Fearing Widespread Corruption, NGOs Petition UN for Help Monitoring US Election
Campaign 2004: Election Monitors

IPS: "A coalition of U.S.-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has petitioned the United Nations seeking international observers to monitor the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. In July this year, a group of U.S. legislators, mostly from the opposition Democratic Party, asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to send a team of observers for the Nov. 2 elections. 'We are deeply concerned that the rights of U.S. citizens to vote in free and fair elections are again in jeopardy,' they said, pointing out that the last presidential elections in 2000 were 'tainted,' with nearly six million votes left uncounted." The NGOs had to petition the UN because the US government, which is supposed to make such a request, failed to do so - gee, we wonder why!?

Techies Needed for Election Monitoring
Campaign 2004: Election Monitors

"Are you a technology professional interested in election integrity? A geek who believes every vote should be recorded as intended? A techie who stands for reliable and publicly verifiable election systems? If so, TechWatch is for you! TechWatch volunteers will receive training and participate in important non-partisan election monitoring activities, observing and documenting: * Logic & Accuracy testing of voting technology by election officials prior to Election Day Poll Watching on Election Day (assigned to a single polling place or central election office) * Election Incidents on Election Day (on dispatch from an Election Incident Reporting system to polling places within a given county). More than 500 technologists have already volunteered, but it will take thousands of TechWatch volunteers to cover priority states and key counties, starting with the Florida primary on August 31 and continuing through to the November 2 general election."