|EDA 2009 Year-End Update
In This Report . . .
Three Major EDA Investigations
Project Plans for 2010
New Services and Features
In this quick year-end report, we'd like to share with you:
Three major EDA investigations
Our project plans for 2010
Improved website features and services we offer
as we work for more honest, transparent elections accountable to the public.
EDA Sues Riverside County for Release of Public Election Records
After working quietly since spring, EDA can now announce our first legal
action, a lawsuit in Riverside County, CA, to compel release of public election records for the November 2008 general election.
We expect that this case will set new standards for the enforcement of public election observation rights. We also expect to turn up critical new evidence about the inner workings of proprietary vote-counting software.
Our Riverside-Sequoia election records queries have uncovered two new avenues for investigation, into apparently illegal software components embedded in Sequoia Voting Systems. _____________________________________________________________Help EDA pursue more legal actions like this one,
with your earmarked contribution to the Public Record Elections Project ________________________________________________
Citizens' Exit Poll Finds Vote Manipulation in New Hampshire
In 2008, EDA carried out the largest-scale citizen exit poll operation ever, with the help of 300 volunteers working more than 60 polling sites in 7 states.
Now, expert election investigator Richard Hayes Phillips has written a definitive report on the 2008 exit poll findings.
In many examples, our exit polls closely tracked the official voting reports, confirming the fidelity of the elections and the accuracy of our polling methodology.
However, in some instances, notably in New Hampshire, the EDA exit polls varied widely from the officially reported results, signaling some serious election manipulation.
EDA Study Shows Probable Corruption of California Proposition 8
EDA exit polling in Los Angeles County, CA, also turned up startling evidence of apparent vote-count manipulation in the same-sex marriage measure,
Proposition 8 .
R. H. Phillips' report details how he systematically analyzed the numbers and ruled out demographic factors such as age, gender, party affiliation and race, leaving only vote count manipulation as an explanation for the huge disparity between how people reported they voted, and what the official numbers said.
Our Plans for 2010
Begin Preparing Now for 2010 Election Verification Exit Polls
Building on what we learned carrying out the 2008 EVEP operations, we plan to start earlier and do everything better in 2010. We will be prepared to issue findings of election irregularities quickly enough to make a difference.
___________________________________________________Your Donations Now Will Give Us a Head Start on EVEP 2010______________________________________
Pursue the Riverside County Election Records Lawsuit Wherever It Leads
We expect to win our public records lawsuit, and that the court will order the Riverside elections department to provide complete records for the November 2008 election as EDA requested, and for all public election records requests in the future.
If Riverside seeks an appeal, EDA would welcome the opportunity to win this case again on the appellate level, establishing precedental case law upholding the public's right to know how their votes are counted.
Our Riverside/ Sequoia records requests have opened up at least two major new paths for investigation and legal action, concerning the apparent presence of illegal operating code mixed in with election databases, and the uncertified, apparently illegal "BPS" software Sequoia uses to prepare ballot definition files.
Advancing The Arizona Transparency Project
Building on the achievements of the Pima RTA investigation (documented in the EDA feature film, "Fatally Flawed") our 2010 plans include:
Taking the Fatally Flawed film on tour promoting grassroots election investigation;
Applying the security and transparency measures developed in Pima County, to Maricopa and other Arizona counties;
Promoting the ballot-image scanning protocol for election verification, and perhaps reintroducing the proposal as a state legislative bill.
___________________________________________________________Donations Earmarked AZTP Will Pay a Living Wage for EDA Investigators___________________________________________
Taking Election Integrity to the Airwaves with EDA-Public News Service
Radio News network. We hope to expand coverage from California to multiple additional states, and to increase our audience with parallel Spanish language production.
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Give (or Get!) a Gift of Election Integrity
Visit the EDA Store page to view a selection of election integrity books and films we offer you as our thanks for your tax-deductible contributions to EDA.
Your donations to EDA are tax-deductible, so order large and take a deduction in 2009 for more Election Integrity in 2010.
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This EDA film production documenting a 3-year EDA Arizona Transparency Project
investigation, is a true detective story about a $2 billion transit bond measure passed under suspicious circumstances in Pima County, Arizona, and a grassroots election investigation that uncovered computerized election fraud and led to the largest court-ordered release of electronic voting database records in U.S. history.
This 430-page hardcover first edition, autographed by author Richard Hayes Phillips, delivers the evidence showing exactly how the 2004 presidential election was stolen in Ohio. The book comes with a 600 MB CD containing 1200 digital images of actual 2004 election ballots, poll books, and other elections records. Much of the evidence preserved here was subsequently destroyed by Ohio election officials, in violation of federal election law and a federal court order.
Improved Website Features and Services
If it's been a while since you visited the EDA website -- or logged in to your account -- we encourage you to come back, log in, and check out the links on the
New Services and Features page .
|Roll Up Your Sleeves in an EDA Working Group
The best way to get directly involved in EDA projects is to join a Working Group.
Skills and experience you already have are directly applicable to election integrity work.
There's no better time to JOIN than now.
We've ramped up Group collaborative features (wiki, forum, blog, calendar, chat, and mail) on the new EDA2 website.
If you are already a Working Group member, please visit the new improved Working Group Forums , update your account preferences, and add your suggestions for practical volunteer work you would like the Groups to pursue.
Consider running for election to the EDA Coordinating Council.
We have multiple openings for Group Coordinators and Co-coordinators and will be holding elections for these roles in January.
If you're motivated to make a difference, make the EDA Working Groups your social laboratory for change.
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