During the 2016 and 2018 elections, we tested a radical idea: Could public citizens be effective polling place auditors and evidence gathers, if given the right tools? And would they?
Not only were the answers to these questions a resounding yes, we firmly believe that with the right tools, this idea could be scaled to a national level. Since then, our mission is:
To develop tools that engage public citizens to gather direct evidence of inaccuracies and injustices in our election systems that can be used to power legal challenges of suspicious results and ultimately hold our election systems accountable.
Actual Vote is a mobile app and web site developed by Democracy Counts that allows public citizens to make digital recordings of publicly posted polling place results. After official results are made available, citizens can compare them with the digitally recorded results. If any discrepancies are found, the digital recordings can be used to take appropriate legal action.
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