The free tools we make can be used by anyone anywhere to audit elections and identify errors that might point to foul play. In the future, we may also create specialized local election auditing solutions.
Individuals can use Actual Vote to capture posted voting results at their polling places, and potentially other polling places in their area. After the election, they can help analyze the data they collect. They can also contact us to volunteer to help an analysis committee with a larger-scale election data analysis effort. With Democracy Counts, even one individual can help strengthen democracy.
Organized audit committees of any size can coordinate to audit an election in a thorough, targeted way. They can utilize Actual Vote to collect poll tape data from their local precincts. They can also utilize Wanna Vote to independently check the actual ballot count, which Actual Vote does not do. After the election, they can work together to transcribe and analyze the election data they collected, identify and investigate discrepancies, and release their findings to the public. A large network of such committees operating independently in different locations would constitute a comprehensive safeguard against foul play in vote counting and reporting, and could potentially prevent an election from being stolen. Democracy Counts’ tools make this possible.