Welcome to Election Integrity Idaho!
- This list serve is an experiment. VoteTrustUSA is a national
non-partisan network organization that supports state and local election
integrity groups. Part of our mission is not only to provide information
and resources to groups that already exist, but to encourage concerned
citizens in states where organizations have not yet formed to connect.
Across the nation, people are paying attention to the process through we
cast and count our votes. Election administration and voting technology
have come under the scrutiny of voters in every state of the nation.
This is not only healthy - it is essential. As Thomas Jefferson famously
said "Eternal vigilance is the price of Freedom".
Elections in Idaho have received little attention. To a great extent,
this may be due to the relatively open and apparently admirable job done
by the long time state election administrator, Secretary of State Ben
Ysursa. VoteTrustUSA has been pleased that Ysursa has adopted a strong
position in favor of paper ballots. This position was reinforced by the
quiet unanimous passge of HO 283 last Spring, requiring that voting
systems in Idaho require the use of a voter verified paper record. The
optical scan ballots that Ysursa has selected for statewide use in Idaho
are of course inherently voter verified. Ysursa's choice of the AutoMARK
ballot marking device to meet the accessibility requirements of Section
301 of the Help America Vote Act has also met with the general approval
of the election integrity community.
Even less attention has been paid to Idaho's contract with Covansys and
their partners Aradyme and PCC Tech, to assemble the stewide voter
registration database required by HAVA. While remaining non-partisan and
focused on elections and voting, this list is not limited to issues of
voting machines and databases, but can grow to include voting rights,
clean elections, and other issues.
It is hoped that this list serve will bring together Idahoans that share
the desire to preserve the integrity of our elections, which are the
foundation of the democractic process. While Idaho has been spared the
voting machine disasters that other states have endured, it is
nonetheless important that citizens continue to pay attention to
election issues in the state, if only to point out to other states how
to do it right.
We look forward to a lively discussion of election integrity in Idaho.