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The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) now promises that it will refrain from funding midterm elections in the fall. HOWEVER, CTCL also announced (April 1, 2022) that its “nonpartisan collaborative” will “help local election departments improve operations, develop a set of shared standards and values, and obtain access to best-in-class resources to run successful elections.

The Centers newest initiative is called the US Alliance for Election Excellence. It is a 5 year, $80 million dollar program that is open to every election department in the nation.  They have invited all US election departments to be a US Center for Election Excellence.

      Center for Tech and Civic Life

Better Informed Voters

We connect Americans with the information they need to become and remain civically engaged, and ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive, and secure.

Make sure that Elected officials are more reflective of their constituents


On Thursday, April 21, the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and the Obama Foundation co-hosted a symposium, “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm” on the Stanford campus. The event featured panel discussions from leaders in academia, technology, and policy on ways to defend democracy amid disinformation in a digitized world.  In his keynote address, Obama spoke about the threat that disinformation poses to democracy, and potential solutions to combat it.


Some Uses of Grant money:

We implemented a robust voter education and outreach campaign

We utilized paid media such as radio and TV ads, as well as earned media such as newspaper ads and speaking engagements. We believe this effort contributed to record voter participation in this county.


Grantee Budget Disparities

There can be radically different levels of funding, even when jurisdictions have roughly the same number of eligible voters.


Election Officials / April 11, 2022

CTCL Launches the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence that is open to every election department in the nation. The Alliance is bringing together bipartisan election officials to rally around a set of common values and standards, support each other, and keep their skills fresh. These offices will be recognized as U.S. Centers for Election Excellence.

Launch partners include:

Center for Tech and Civic Life: The Center for Civic Design works with elections offices and advocates across the country, using research, design, accessibility, and plain language to remove barriers in the voter journey and invite participation in democracy.   The Elections Group: The Elections Group partners with state and local election officials looking to implement new programs or improve processes for voters and stakeholders. Their team of election experts works quickly to provide guidance, resources, and direct management support for jurisdictions.   Center for Secure and Modern Elections: The Center for Secure and Modern Elections aligns bipartisan, pro-voter campaigns in states across the country that modernizes the voting system, making elections more efficient and secure.   Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University: U.S. Digital Response:    Prototyping Systems Lab at UC Davis.

Partners and supporters of CTCL:

Google; Faceboook; Center for Civic Design; Center for Democracy and Technology; Women Donors Network; The Voting Information Project: Rock the Vote: Rockefeller Brothers Fund: Knight Foundation: Democracy Fund.


Center for Secure and Modern Elections

Automatic Voter Registration to replace outdated paper-based registration with secure, modern, electronic systems.  Our registration and voting system generally works well, but in the age of computers, modernizing our outdated, paper-based voter registration system is just common sense.

Center for Secure and Modern Elections aligns pro-voter campaigns that modernizes the voting system and works directly with local partners and lawmakers who lead in-state activities.

  • Elevate local voices: That’s why our pro-voter efforts exclusively assist local leaders who want to modernize their elections for the 21st century.

  • Provide support: Whether it’s a rural farmer who needs to get to the capitol to testify before a committee, a citizen who works 2 jobs and needs automatic voter registration to help with their busy schedule, or a hunting license holder who wants to ensure that their voter registration is automatically updated when they fill out government forms.

  • Advance policy changes: We work with community members to identify the right modernization policies for a specific state. Our policy solutions adapt to state needs.  It’s important to make sure that eligible voters are automatically added to the rolls.  In some states, registration rules need small updates that ensure registration follows voters when they move. In all cases, CSME advances policies that ensure all eligible voters can have their voice heard.


Center for Civic Design

A tool kit of designs for scaling up voting by mail

Designs for ranked choice voting

Anywhere Ballot IE cell phone, and home computer

Vote at home envelopes and materials workbook

Remote ballot marking.  Print your own blank ballot

Voter guides “in words they understand”

Field Guides to ensuring voter intent

“To us, Democracy is a design problem”

Key supporters and partners

Democracy Fund;  Barr Foundation;  William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;  Center for Secure and Modern Elections;  Knight Foundation;  Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center;  The James Irvine Foundation;  CZ;  The National Science Foundation;  MacArthur Foundation


The Elections Group

How We Help

Our efforts focus on assisting jurisdictions – large and small – with adapting to the modern landscape of elections administration. Our guidance has included but is not limited to:

  • Mail/Absentee Ballot Processing


Rock the Vote


Rock the Vote Action Fund (RTVAF) is a 501c4 organization dedicated to building the political power of young progressives and leveraging that power for action on issues that affect their lives. It is the sister organization to Rock the Vote, a 501c3.

They do not list their donors or partners.


The Knight Foundation

Nine universities and nonprofits awarded more than $1.2 million from Knight Foundation to combat disinformation in communities of color.

“Recent scholarship shows that communities of color are often targeted to discourage participation in our country’s civic and political life,”


Since 2019, Knight has committed more than $55 million for independent research and policy insight that can improve the quality of information online and foster informed engagement in the democratic process.


We are social investors who support a more effective democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers.  The Knight brothers believed that a well-informed community could best determine its own true interests and was essential to a well-functioning, representative democracy.


Biden has hired this company to overwrite election law.

For the people act Executive Order 14019

All government agencies to develop a plan to get out the vote for the Dems. Third party non government agencies will be hired for voter registration. Who are these organizations (see the groups above).  Biden is using federal orders to interfere in “times, places, and means of elections” which is against Federal Law.  This will strip states of their ability to run elections. The Foundation for Government Accountability (Naples, FL) is using the Freedom of Information Act to combat this.

The corporate plot to upend democracy

We've teamed up with People's Action to uncover how corporate America wants to make inequity a permanent part of American life, and we explain why Biden's Build Back Better plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore our democracy and rebuild our economy.

We are a dynamic think tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy.

We pioneer bold progressive ideas, reinforce them with original research and analysis, and equip grassroots partner organizations to move them into practical reality.

Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity.

We work closely with grassroots organizations across the country to build a movement that enables us not only to win public policy change in our campaigns, but to shift the “narrative”—the very understanding of how progressive change can happen— for the long term.

Why expanding and reforming the Supreme Court can restore legitimacy for this broken, inequitable institution.

How and Why the Federal Agencies Can Register Voters

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Maryland Voter Integrity Group Recommends the State Move to Paper Ballots with a Hand Count After Voting Machine Vulnerabilities Exposed by Arizona Audit

The organization seeks support from concerned Marylanders to stamp out fraud and return to free, fair, and transparent elections

ROCKVILLE, MD – October 12, 2021 – Maryland Voter Integrity Group announces today that its community has gathered insights and information to call into question that voting machines are not connected to the Internet and therefore cannot be hacked.


In the case of the recent Arizona audit, Sonny Borelli, Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant and Arizona State Senator for Legislative District 5 and Matt Salmon, Former Congressman and Gubernatorial Candidate in Georgia, raise a number of concerns. Citing cases of deleted files, destroyed evidence, and systems connected to the Internet when officials repeatedly said they would not be, have added to the distrust among voters that the election, and subsequent audit itself in Arizona, were legitimate. Matt Salmon continued to say in a recent interview that in addition to systems being Internet-enabled, no multi-factor authentication or unique passwords were used, which he feels enabled potentially criminal activity.


The recent Maricopa County, AZ Audit Report notes a number of troubling findings, including:

  • 57K questionable votes, deleted election files, and suspicious voting machine activity;

  • 10,000+ double votes across county lines, as well as votes from deceased voters, voters who are not listed in public records, and those who are identifiable as the same person with two different Voter IDs;

  • Tens of thousands of ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election and could not have physically received their ballots, legally;

  • Proper voter registration law and procedures were not followed, leading to unexplained large purges of registered voters, right after the election, of people who had voted in the election and back dating of registrations, adjustments made to historical voting and voter records, unexplained linking of voter registration affidavits to multiple voters and more;

  • Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server;

  • Ballot images on the EMS were corrupt or missing;

  • Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared;

  • Ballot batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain-of- Custody documentation for the ballots for the time-period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results; and

  • Several anomalies noted in the ratio of hand-folded ballots, on-demand printed ballots, and an increase in provisional ballot rejections for a mail-in ballot already being cast, which suggests that potentially mail-in ballots were cast on voters’ behalves without their knowledge.


Kim Zetter, a recognized Cybersecurity and National Security journalist, recently added her expertise to clarify if – and specifically how – voting machines are vulnerable to hacking. As Borelli and Salmon mentioned, the conversation has long centered on election machines not being connected to the Internet, a fact that now has been broadly proven to be untrue. If anything, Kim notes, the rising pressure for fast results on election night has led to the use of Internet-enabled systems to capture and transfer voting data via the addition of cellular modems in the machines themselves.


According to Zetter, Election Systems and Software, the creator of the voting machines widely used across the U.S., has said that even if systems are Internet-enabled, they are secure because the modems are one-way, and no one is able to ‘dial in.’ However there has been no testing conducted at the federal level to confirm that this is the case – “ES&S doesn’t have a good track record for implementing security.” In January, 2020, NBC reported that ES&S installed 10,000 modems connecting their voting machines to the Internet.


An NBC report follows graduate engineering students at the University of Michigan. Led by Computer Science Assistant Professor Alex Halderman, they demonstrate just how easy it is to gain access to Internet-enabled election systems. In this same video, Halderman mentioned that “…Internet voting magnifies problems 100-fold…” and in less than 36 hours, his team of graduate students proved just how true that is. Using a ‘shell injection attack,’ a well-known hacker approach, one vulnerability in the DC election system from 2010 allowed them to gain full control of the server and have the ability to change votes.


It is apparent that the significant anomalies that have been uncovered to-date and found to be statistically significant point to large-scale integrity and security issues at all levels of our election systems,” Chair of the Maryland Voter Integrity Group, Robyn Sachs said. “With all that has been found to-date, we strongly recommend that the state of Maryland return to paper ballots with a hand-count to ensure our election integrity is upheld and as the best defense against fraud.”


Marylander’s deserve Free, Fair & Transparent Elections. We don’t trust we had one in 2020 & demand a Full Forensic Audit in Maryland like Arizona had. We need to get down to the bottom of the Anomalies we’ve discovered so far


About Maryland Voter Integrity Group

The Maryland Voter Integrity Group is committed to stamping out fraud and inaccuracies in Maryland’s voter rolls to preserve voter confidence and free, fair, and transparent elections. For more information, please visit the organization’s Facebook page

Maryland Voter Integrity Group Finds Serious Anomalies in Four Maryland Counties

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ROCKVILLE, MD – July 27, 2021 – The Maryland Voter Integrity Group announces today that a recent analysis into voter registration records and voting trends over the past decade shows remarkable anomalies in the most recent Presidential Election.

Maryland joins 35 other states in taking a closer look at in the integrity of election systems throughout, including at the county level. Former Army Captain and self-proclaimed #intelpatriot, Seth Keshel, assisted the recent analysis of Maryland county information.

Recent data provided by the Maryland Secretary of State office shows a number of trends from the past three Presidential elections, taking place in 2012, 2016, and 2020. In each of the four Counties of focus, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, and Harford, certain trends seem to be clear:

  • In all four Counties in the 2012 and 2016 elections, the Democratic vote increase remained marginal, ranging between 1% to 2% overall.

  • In 2020, however, these same metrics showing the Democratic vote increase spiked to between 34-37% in all four of these Counties. This appears to have taken place without any measurable population growth, registration expansion, or vote increase for either party.

These staggering findings highlight the need for a Full Forensic Audit of the 2020 election within these four Maryland Counties, and at the State level.

These incidents of massive inaccuracies in State Election Systems are not limited to Maryland. Investigations are ongoing in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan, and the recent Democratic Mayoral Primary in New York City also demonstrated what significant impacts these anomalies exert.

In the recent New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary, held June 22, the state held its first race to use ranked-choice voting. Initial results showed Eric Adams leading Kathryn Garcia by a razor-thin margin, less than 1 percentage point. Shortly after on 6/29, the New York City Board of Elections released interim results that mistakenly contained 135,000 ‘test’ ballots, which are believed to have dramatically skewed the results. All candidates filed lawsuits seeing the right to review, and corrected tallies actually showed Adams leading Garcia by 14,755 votes as published in the Associated Press.

“The unexplainable spikes in these four Maryland Counties is a call to action to chase down any inaccuracies and potential fraud that are eroding Americans’ confidence in our electoral systems,” Chair of the Maryland Voter Integrity Group, Robyn Sachs stated. “The data we are seeing signals that now is the time to act to preserve the American birthright of free, fair, and transparent elections for all.”

About The Maryland Voter Integrity Group

The Maryland Voter Integrity Group is committed to stamping out fraud and inaccuracies in Maryland’s voter rolls to preserve voter confidence and free, fair, and transparent elections. For more information, please visit the organization’s Facebook page.