Election integrity timeline

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November 2009

September 2009

  • September 17: Indiana Court of Appeals declares Indiana's voter ID law unconstitutional because it does not apply uniformly to all voters

July 2009

  • July 9: Indiana and New Mexico sued by voting rights groups for neglecting low-income voters

June 2009

  • June 25: MO Dept. of Social Services agrees to settlement ensuring voter registration opportunities for low-income voters
  • June 15: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law reaches settlement with Ohio for case originally brought against Blackwell; according to the Lawyers' Committee, the LWVO vs. Brunner settlement will ensure uniformity and consistency in Ohio election procedures, promote pre-election planning that will minimize errors and breakdowns,overcome past problems of inadequate equipment and resources at polling places, prevent the failure to properly process provisional and absentee ballots, increase disability access, and correct problems with voting technology and security, improve the recruitment and training of election officials and poll workers, and provide accountability.


October 2008

  • October 20: agreement reached in Macomb County, MI case; MI Democrats and Obama campaign had alleged that MI Republicans planned to challenge votes of those on a foreclosure list ("lose your home, lose your vote"); the settlement simply states that no such challenges will occur
  • October 17: Supreme Court strikes down GOP case that would demand provisional ballots for 1 in 3 newly registered OH voters

June 2008

  • June 6: Tennessee Voter Confidence Act signed into law; requires paper ballots and post-election audits

April 2008

  • April 28: Supreme Court upholds Indiana voter ID law in Crawford vs. Marion County Board of Elections

February 2008

January 2008

  • late January: the study "Sarasota's Vanishing Votes (PDF format)" is issued by FloridaFairElections.org; claims that an examination of records from Florida ES&S iVotronic counties proves that machine malfunctions and software problems caused the Sarasota undervotes
  • January 23: CO Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. says he will block proposal for mandatory voting by mail; see voting by mail only
  • January 19: voting machine issues plague South Carolina Republican primary; some voters are turned away and asked to return later
  • January 17: H.R. 5036-110, the Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008, is introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ); would reimburse jurisdictions for the costs incurred in conducting audits or hand counting of the results of the general elections for Federal office to be held in November 2008
  • January 17: Maryland S.34 scheduled for hearing; requires that an applicant for voter registration submit proof of United States citizenship with the application and specifies the types of documents that establish proof of United States citizenship
  • January 13: NJ becomes second state (after MD) to sign onto popular vote compact
  • January 8: (PDF format) New Jersey General Assembly passes legislation that will require random, mandatory audits of election results designed to detect outcome-reversing miscounts



  • November 5: John Sununu wins tightly-contested election over Governor Jeanne Shaheen for Senator from New Hampshire. James Tobin, Chuck McGee, and other high-ranking Republicans are later convicted for election fraud for jamming the telephone line provided by Democrats for voters requesting rides to the polls. In 2008, McGee would advise Jeb Bradley in his second unsuccessful run against Carol Shea-Porter for a seat in the U.S. Congress from New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.
  • November 5: Chuck Hagel wins Nebraska race for U.S. Senate by 83% of the vote. ES&S machines tally 85% of the vote. (Hill News)
  • November 5: Saxby Chambliss wins Georgia race for U.S. Senate by a 7-point lead, four days after a poll in which he was reported to trail by 5 points. Sonny Perdue wins Georgia race for governor by a 7-point lead, one month after a poll in which he was reported to trail by 9 points. (Thom Hartmann article (July 30, 2003)) (Two former Diebold consultants have claimed that an unvalidated software patch was installed just before the Georgia election; see the Diebold article.)
  • October 29: The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is signed into law.
  • The movie Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is released.
  • March: Diebold sells voting machines to state of Georgia
  • January: Diebold (founded 1859) buys Global Election Systems


  • GAO report "Elections: Statistical Analysis of Factors that Affected Uncounted Votes in the 2000..." (GAO)
  • late 2000 -- early 2001: many analyses collected at Democrats.com find that if illegal votes had not been counted and legal votes had been counted, Gore would have won Florida



  • Florida signs a $4 million contract with Database Technologies (DBT Online), which later merges into ChoicePoint, to obtain a central voter file listing those barred from voting. As of 2002, Florida is the only state which hires a private firm for these purposes. Prior to contracting with Database Technologies, Florida contracted with a smaller operator for $5,700 per year.


  • Chuck Hagel, former chairman of American Information Systems, which later merges with Election Systems and Software, Inc., wins a surprise upset in the Nebraska race for U.S. Senate against popular Ben Nelson (D). He does not reveal that he still owns a major interest in his former company. AIS machines tally an estimated 85% of the vote. (Source: Hill News)

Prior to 1996

External links

  • SolarBus's "timeline" (actually a collection of links, many of which are not dated)
  • Black Box Voting Analysis and news on problems with electronic voting machines with proprietary software.
  • Open Voting Consortium Free/Open Source voting software that prints secure, verifiable, auditable paper ballots. Offers its software for downloading and testing.

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