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Action Alert! Help Needed to Report Precinct Tallies When Polls Close

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Help Needed to Report Precinct Tallies When Polls Close
Sally Castleman

Pollworkers and monitors who will be working inside the polls when they close -- or will be outside if the totals are posted -- are needed to capture the precinct tallies for use in an exciting new real-time analysis project.

Election Defense Alliance has developed a ground-breaking real-time data analysis capability for election night. Using a series of mathematical and statistical computer models, they will run baseline data (historical election data, demographic and pre-election poll data) against precinct poll tape totals, independent exit poll data, official returns, and any other relevant data we can obtain, in order to flag suspect patterns and anomolous outcome. In real-time! And we will report any significant findings back to the public immediately via website feeds, press releases, and radio interviews.

One goal of providing such rapid analysis is to prevent some premature claims to victory or premature concessions. As well, the results of the ananyses may influence citizen actions.

The capture of the original precinct vote totals will be a critical piece of the election analysis; it will act as a check against any subsequent manipulation of vote totals in the county central tabulators.

Those at the polls at closing time are asked to copy the data and enter it into an online form as soon as possible so that those figures will be used in the real-time analysis of "official" outcomes. There is a simple form and accompanying instructions at People are advised to print out a copy of the form, take it with them to the polls to fill in, and then copy from that form as soon as they get to a computer and can enter the data onto an online form at that site.
Imagine: a simple, universal data collection form with fields for the most important races across the country, that citizens anywhere can fill in, enter into a webform, and have the data uploaded to a national collection website for real-time analysis all within an hour of closing of the polls!

This is a first-of-a-kind project with terribly exciting ramifications. It is hoped that activists everywhere will take this simple additional step to the important work they will already be contributingand contribute essential data to this powerful program.

Questions can be directed to Sally Castleman or Dan Ashby (510) 233-2144


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Sally Castleman is an activist "from way back" and has been actively working on issues of election integrity (EI) since before the '04 election. She is one of the 3 co-founders of Election Defense Alliance, an organization established to foster (more...)

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