NJ Appleseed has been working for many years to protect the integrity of the voting process and continues to do so.
It played a key role in the passage of a 2008 bill requiring that election results be audited to insure that they are correct. That law has never been implemented because audits require paper ballots and until 2019, all but one county in NJ used purely digital paperless voting machines.
More recently, NJ Appleseed has supported replacing those digital machines with a system that voting security experts tells us in the most secure: auditable paper ballots that are hand-marked by the voter, rather than the machine, and read by optical scanners, to reduce the risk of tampering.
NJ Appleseed was part of a campaign in Essex County, led by the grass roots group SOMa Action (from South Orange and Maplewood), that recently succeeded when the Freeholders voted in January to approve the purchase of such a system, the first in New Jersey. It will be in place for the 2020 primary and general election.
The next step will be to try to persuade other counties to do the same. Here is my op-ed on the subject, which was recently published in the Star Ledger and posted on its website.
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Great article summing up concerns with voting machines. I’m interested in helping in Somerset County. I have been partnering with another lady through NJ07 Indivisible to work this issue in Somerset County which is looking at purchasing new machines in 2021. The combination of voting machine/process/storage vulnerabilities plus a malevolent actor is very concerning. I would love to help with this effort. Please reach out to me.