The MDERC / (Best Of and Recent) News:
DADE ELECTION REFORM COALITION
Final Reports for
Be a Hero for Democracy
Worker Recruitment Project (Read)
Time the Vote 2008 Election Observation
Our own Lida and Sandy at a "This
Year Your Vote Will Count, Early Voting Rally:
Q&A - ID REQUIREMENTS FOR
Q. Do I need to have a VOTER INFORMATION CARD in order to be permitted to
A. No. Absolutely Not. If you are asked for it, please remind the poll
worker that the voter information card is NOT REQUIRED and advise them that they
should not be asking you, or any other voter, to provide it.
Q. What forms of ID can I present at the polls?
A. There are nine forms of picture and signature identification accepted at
the polls. They are:
State of Florida Driver's License
ID Card issued by the State of Florida
U. S. Passport
Retirement Center ID
Public Assistance ID
Neighborhood Association ID
Q. Does my signature and picture have to appear on the same piece of ID?
A. No. You can have more than one piece of ID from the list above - one
with your signature and one with your picture.
Q. Does my ID have to have my address on it?
A. No. Your ID is used only to make sure that you are who you say you are.
The photo on the ID is compared to the person standing before the poll worker
and the signature is matched against the signature that the voter puts on the
precinct register when she signs in to vote. That's it!
Q. What if I don't have any of the forms of ID listed above?
A. IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE but you do not have any of
the above-listed forms of ID, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.
You provisional ballot WILL COUNT so long as the signature on the ballot
matches the signature that is on file with your elections office.
Q. If I am concerned about my registration status or have doubts about the
validity of my ID, what do you recommend?
A. DON'T WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY! Vote during the Early Voting period. In
Florida, Early Voting starts on October 20, 2008, with flexible hours, weekend
voting and convenient locations. In addition, Early Voting is not likely to be
as hectic as Election Day, so you are likely to receive individualized attention
if you encounter problems. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU RUN INTO PROBLEMS WHEN YOU
TRY TO VOTE EARLY, YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO TRY TO CORRECT THOSE PROBLEMS
BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
Wait? Vote Early!
Early Voting starts Oct 20, 2008 and continues for two weeks before Election
The Early Voting period
has flexible hours, weekend voting and convenient locations so you can vote
near your home or place of employment.
Miami-Dade County, Early Voting is held at 20 different voting sites throughout
the County. Here is a list
(Read) of the Early Voting locations for Miami-Dade and schedule for
the November Presidential Election.
Early Voting is not likely
to be as hectic as Election Day, so you are likely to receive individualized
attention if you encounter problems and IF YOU RUN INTO PROBLEMS WHEN YOU TRY TO
VOTE EARLY, YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO TRY TO CORRECT THOSE PROBLEMS BEFORE
So what are you waiting
for? Vote early! You can then dedicate Election Day to working the polls,
engaging in an election protection activity, volunteering for your favorite
candidate, or simply relaxing at work while others fret about having waited
until Election Day to vote!
Voting – An Option You Should Consider!!!!!
& Answers about
"No Match" Law (Read)
Be a Hero for
Dade County is moving to a new optical scan voting system. This is an exciting
time, but change can be a difficult for everyone. Help your fellow voters during
this transition by signing up to work in a community precinct on upcoming
election days - Usually in your own neighborhood.
Click for details in:
involved - Become a Poll Worker in Miami-Dade Elections. Click
here for details and click
here for a
copy of the Application to become a Poll Worker.
the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition in this historic transition to optical
scan technology and volunteer to
Under a law passed in 2007, Florida is switching from DRE
touchscreen voting machines to precinct counted optical scan ballots. Voters
fill in bubbles to mark their choices on paper ballots that are scanned and
counted at the precincts. If the scanning machine finds an "overvote" (too many
marked bubbles for any given contest), it will notify the voter, and the voter
can ask for a new ballot and make a correction before it is cast. The change
will affect 15 Florida counties in which more than half of all Florida voters
are found, including Miami-Dade County. The switch will be in place for the
August Primary and November General Election.
Every change in voting technology brings with it new challenges both election
officials and voters that can affect time in voting or lines at the polls. The
Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition has therefore decided to monitor the
changing system by looking at the total time spent by voters at the polls and
discussing the process with voters.
The Time The Vote project will gather data on how long it takes voters using the
precinct counted optical scan systems to go through the entire process of
casting a ballot, from checking in and waiting in line to exiting the polling
location. We will involve voters in the process and ask them for comments. We
believe that this data will assist in determining whether improvements are
needed and will lead to answers for the following important questions: Are there
issues that need attention in this transition? Is there a better way to
distribute resources? Are there factors impacting lines in some parts of the
community and not others? Are there additional training methods that can be
implemented for poll workers? What types of voter education might be needed to
ameliorate any problem?
The Time The Vote Project will gather its data by deploying Time the Vote
Volunteers to a broad mix of polling locations throughout Miami-Dade County,
during the Early Voting period and Election Day for the August Primary Election.
The Volunteers will ask voters to participate and hand them a small card with
the time marked that the voter received the card. Upon exiting the poll, the
voter will return the card to the volunteer. The card will be marked with the
exit time and the total time of the voting process. Participating voters will
also be asked about their observations and comments in the process of voting
inside the precinct. The project will not collect any data about the voters'
choices of candidates or other political information.
We are hoping for a high turnout in August and we look forward to using the
information gathered through this project to improve the transition to the
optical scan system.
Only you, our eyes and ears, can tell us
how long it takes to vote using the new optical scan technology. With your
help we can gather this information from as many voters as possible to improve
the system for everyone. Oh, and you get a nifty free T-shirt.
You'll ask voters to time themselves to
see how long it takes them to vote—from standing in line to exiting the
polling location—and two or three other questions. It's that simple.
Time The Vote will have a presence at
precincts across the county. You can sign up to volunteer at a precinct close
to home or work and we will try to accommodate you. Or be adventurous and sign
up for a random location.
Volunteer Observers are being recruited
for Early Voting (August 11 - 24) and Primary Election Day (August 26). You
can sign up to do as little or as much as you want.
Business Poll Worker Lottery
Because businesses employ a wealth of qualified,
motivated individuals who are used to dealing with complex directions and to
communicating with the diverse members of our South Florida community, our “Business
Poll Worker Lottery” Project is looking to tap into the businesses in our
area to make sure our elections run smoothly. Click
looms again on Election Day in Florida (Read)
BY ALEXANDRA WAYLAND and LIDA RODRIGUEZ-TASEFF
Final MDERC Report: Poll Closing
Observation and Beyond
TOWARD CREATING A REPLICABLE MODEL
FOR CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND RESEARCH
IN THE AREA OF VOTING SYSTEM REFORM (Read)
MDERC: Early Voting Worksheet (Read)
- Election Day Poll Closing Worksheet (Read)
Invitation 2006 Poll Closing Observation Project (Read)
- Poll Observation Outreach Form (Read)
Poll Observation Signup Sheet (Read)
- Report Election 2004 (Read)
Letter to John Mendez (Read)
- Letter to Lester Sola (Read)
Verified Voting: Observer Worksheet (Read)
- Early Voting and Ballot Counting (Read)
Poll Closing Observation Why's, How's and What's (Read)
- Polling Place Procedures Florida (Read)
The Miami-Dade Election Reform
Coalition is delighted that the work of two of its long-standing
members will be honored at the 19th Annual In the Company of Women Awards
Ceremony on Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Martha Mahoney and Barbara Schwartz
are both honorees this year.
These awards recognize “outstanding women who have made significant
contributions to the quality of life for the Miami-Dade County community.” The
Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, Mayor Alvarez and the Board of County
Commissioners certainly knew what they were doing when they made both Marnie and
Barbara honorees this year! (Read
MDERC 2007 Position Paper on
Florida Voting Systems was published 01/19 (Read)
Press Release MDERC 2007 Florida
Legislative Campaign (Read)
Please note that in order to fully understand the press release, it is necessary
to read the MDERC position paper:
MDERC 2007 Position Paper on Florida Voting Systems (Read)
Provisional Ballot Survey
Elections 2006 (Read).
Please fill in and submit to:
email@example.com Thanks to all of you for your
Frontpage Article "Electile
Dysfuncion" was published Oct. 31 in the MiamiSunPost
MDERC prominently featured! (Read)
Nov. 2006 Poll Closing
Observation Forms and Materials
- everything you need to know before
you go to observe and everything you need to take with you! Haven't
signed up to observe yet? What are you waiting for?
Training Schedule Flyer
Daniels at 305-255-6455 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worried that you need a quick primer before you go? Contact Bonnie for
2006...580.pdf = Poll
Closing Observation Project - The Why's, How's and What's
2006...013.pdf = F.S.
101.5614 - Voting Methods and Procedure - Canvass of returns (this is
the law that allows the public to observe the counting of the votes)
2006...281.pdf = F.S.
104.29 - Election Code: Violations; Penalties - Inspectors refusing to
allow watchers while ballots are counted (this is the law that says it
is a crime to prevent the public from observing the counting of the
08/07/06 Letter to Wayland, MDERC from Sola, Supervisor of Elections
(the first paragraph of the letter tells observers what information
they are allowed to gather)
11/7/06 Poll Closing Observation Forms (use this if you are observing
on Election Day)
2006...184.pdf = Nov.
2006 Early Voting Worksheet form (use this if you are observing Early
Voting Integrity Alliance of Tampa
Bay Florida (viatampabay.org)
If you are working on the Poll Closing Project in Pinellas County,
Contact Pam Haengel at 727-821-1116 or 727-244-9064, or e-mail:
Worried that you need a quick primer before you go? Contact Pam for
PinellasPCOPDataCollForm.pdf = Nov. 2006 Early Voting Worksheet
form for Pinellas County observers (use this if you are observing
PinellasPCOPWhys&Hows.pdf = Pinellas Poll Closing Observation
Project - "The Why's, How's and What's"
= F.S. 101.5614 - Voting Methods and Procedure - Canvass of returns
(this is the law that allows the public to observe the counting of the
= F.S. 104.29 - Election Code: Violations; Penalties - Inspectors
refusing to allow watchers while ballots are counted (this is the law
that says it is a crime to prevent the public from observing the
counting of the votes)
= "Things to Bring & Things to Know" - a checklist of information and
reminders for observers in Pinellas County
PinellasPCOPSchedSheet.pdf = Dates & Times of voting in Pinellas
County, dates & location you are signed up for, buddy info, etc.
from the Florida 2006 HAVA Planning Committee
Meeting held on October 12, 2006 in Miami,
The MDERC report on the 2004
election, GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, exposed serious election problems
including electronic ballot stuffing. The report can be found here (Read)
and its appendices, which include results tapes and other election documents
from 2004, can be found here (Read).
The report was cited five times
in the General Accountability Office's 2005 report on efforts to improve
the security and reliability of electronic voting.
for the 2006 Poll Closing Observation Project!
The ultimate purpose of the project is to engage every-day citizens across the
country in learning about and being part of monitoring poll closings. These
citizens can become an integral part of the process of election reform. In
addition, the project aims to uncover and accurately report on basic flaws and
failures in the systems of vote tabulation and ballot counting so as to serve as
a resource for others. (Read
MDERC Volunteer Form
Please contact Bonnie Daniels at 305-255-6455 (in
charge of recruitment)
Training sessions, which should last no more than
one hour, will be held:
Wed., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340
Thur., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St.
Wed., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340
(We are looking into the possibility of scheduling one more session in the south
after Nov. 1).
Please note: If you have volunteered to observe during Early Voting, you need to
attend either the Oct. 18 or Oct. 19 training, as Early Voting starts on Mon.
Oct. 23. If you cannot attend, contact Bonnie Daniels, Lawrdans@Bellsouth.net or
OCTOBER 12, 2006, MIAMI, FLORIDA
Please note that the next HAVA State Planning Committee Meeting will
take place on October 12, 2006 in Miami. As you will note from the
attached draft agenda, there is time for public testimony.
on Wed, Jun. 28, 2006
Critic: Paper vote records vital
A California computer expert discussed with two local groups the importance of
having a paper record attached to electronic voting machines.
BY EVAN S. BENN
Advocates push for
voting rights renewal as lawsuit resumes
Associated Press Writer
Civil rights activists urged Friday that parts of the Federal Voting Rights Act
be renewed, as labor unions amended their lawsuit accusing the state of
violating another section of law by using confusing voter registration forms. (Read)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Contact: Sandy Wayland
MIAMI-DADE ELECTION REFORM COALITION CALLS ON
ATTORNEY GENERAL CHARLIE CRIST
TO INVESTIGATE VOTING SYSTEM VENDORS IN FLORIDA (Read)
Tell Attorney General,
Charlie Crist, That You Are the Consumer
AND THAT HE MUST INVESTIGATE VOTING SYSTEM VENDORS (Read)
Reform and Voter ID:
Access & Integrity”
As states work to improve their election systems under the Help America Vote
Act, controversy over voter identification requirements has come to the
forefront of debates on election reform. That controversy is likely to continue
if not intensify in the months leading up to November's elections. Based on the
Carter-Baker Commission's proposals on voter ID, Robert Pastor and Spencer
Overton will offer alternative perspectives on where we should go from here.
Join leading experts for a discussion on voter ID and other critical election
Tuesday, February 21st
6:00 - 8:00 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20045
American Enterprise Institute for Public
Policy Research, is a principal contributor to the new
AEI/Brookings Election Reform Project.
Robert Pastor, executive director of the
Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election
Reform and director of the Center
for Democracy and Election Management at American University. http://www.american.edu/ia/cfer
Professor Spencer Overton,
George Washington University Law School,
specializes in voting rights and campaign finance law. Professor Overton was
also a commissioner on the Carter-James Baker
Commission on Federal Election Reform.
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chair of the
Miami -Dade Election Reform Coalition
www.reformcoalition.org, director of the
Advancement Project's Right to Vote Initiative
and Board Member of Verified Voting.
***Please RSVP to Bobbie Brinegar
ACCURATE (Center for Correct,
Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections) public comments on
the 2005 Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines. (Read)
Comments to the United States Election Assistance Commission regarding their
proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) – Sept 2005 (Read)
A new MDERC study finds that the
Florida election law passed in 2005 will put Black and Hispanic voters in a
worse position than they were in under the previous laws. Read our letter to the
Department of Justice, commenting (Read)
on their review of the Florida legislation.
for the United States Senate / Committee on Rules and Administration
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Chair, Miami-Dade
Election Reform Coalition
Bobbie Brinegar, D.C. Director, Miami- Dade Election Reform Coalition
Thank you for
the opportunity to submit material for the record on this critically important
topic. Few tasks in a democracy are as important as ensuring public confidence
in the outcome of elections. (Read)
Sunshine State Journalism Award:
Matthew Haggman; Daily Business Review;
..inspired by the MDERC,
"Count Crisis" wins 2 awards for an article for best
Investigative Reporting and best Governmental/Political Reporting.
going to DC!
Our board members Martha Mahoney and Bobbie Brinegar
Election Verification Project Meeting,
Washington, DC, November 17, 2004. Bobbie Brinegar moved to DC to represent the
MDERC at the White House.
Chair of the Miami-Dade Reform Coalition named best
Lawyer at Miami New Times award:
by Miami New Times May 13, 2004
©2004 New Times, Inc.
All rights reserved.
-->The Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition on BBC news:
Look on the right side under, "Programmes"
Click, "Open more audio/video
At the bottom of the window that
opens, titles of stories sequence. When "'No vote' for Florida
convicts" comes up, click on it.
a possible caption:
April 23, 2004 news report by Daniel Lak, reporter for the BBC, titled:
vote' for Florida convicts"