Election integrity timeline 2005

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December 2005

James Tobin goes on trial in NH phone-jamming case

  • December 3: NC certifies systems of three voting manufacturers despite their failure to meet new requirements

November 2005

  • November 8: Sen. Obama (D-IL) introduces S. 1975-109, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005 (see diary by "Adam B")
  • November 8: Election day; Democratic governors elected in NJ and VA after races set new records for campaign war chests -- at least $42 million in VA and $70 million in NJ (see comment by Kathy Gill)
  • November 8: Election integrity ballot measures fail in Ohio (see Common Cause "Reform Ohio Now" page)
  • November 8: The Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS), operating at reduced capacity, collects fewer than 150 reports, as compared to more than 10,000 on the previous Election Day

September 2005

July 2005

June 2005

  • June 10: GAO report "Elections: Additional Data Could Help State and Local Elections Officials Maintain Accurate Voter Registration" (GAO)

May 2005

April 2005

  • April 18: Hearings at the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform in Washington, D.C.; among the testimony is David Dill's overview

March 2005

  • March 22: a few days after the American Center for Voting Rights was founded, ACVR officials were called to testify by Republican members of Congress before a House Administration Committee hearing.

February 2005

  • February 7-10: National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) meets in Washington, D.C. and passes resolution to dissolve the Election Assistance Commission, which has oversight over NASS (see Boston Globe article)
  • February 4: CA SoS Kevin Shelley, who has refused to certify Diebold machines, resigns when faced with investigations
  • February 2: Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduces H.R.550
  • February: VoteTrustUSA founded by John Gideon, Andy Stephenson, Ellen Theisen, Kevin Zeese, Linda Schade

January 2005

  • January 6: Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer of California lead the challenge to the Ohio vote count (the first electoral challenge since 1877); the measure is defeated by a vote of 260-33 in the House of Representatives and 74-1 in the Senate (Boxer casting the sole vote in favor)

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