Top 10 Things Citizens Can Do To Oversee Elections

The original page for this data is found on Black Box Voting / Press Kits

1. Ask questions. If you need help getting started, download the Citizens Tool Kit or go to Black Box VotingOne on One area and ask a question about how to what to do in your location or situation. For less public individual consultation, e-mail

2. Begin to actively manage your own government: Pick an action -- any action -- from the Black Box Voting Citizen's Toolkit. The Tool Kit contains 20 different modules, for citizens with different interests and skill sets. Just pick one and get started. Fight the temptation to spend your time trying to organize other groups to be on the same page. Complete a meaningful action, even if just on one area. Spend your time actually doing, not on office politics, turf wars, making yourself famous or building little kingdoms. Citizen oversight requires many different independent thinkers, each using their own common sense. This is called the "swarm" method. It is not necessary to march in lockstep. 

3. Each one teach one: Get other citizens involved. 
- Host a house party. arty.pdf
- Host a town meeting: eeting.pdf
- Speak to groups about elections. df

4. Adopt a piece of an election. 
Watch the voting system testing
Check the accuracy of voter registration rolls
Become a pollworker or election judge
Watch the voting
Watch the counting
Watch the chain of custody
Audit the election

5. Be the media: Spread the evidence you find to every blog, listserv, forum you know and throughout your personal network. Talk about it at work and to people you meet everywhere. Learn to write an effective press release." 

6. Adopt a public official: Choose a public official and educate, monitor, encourage and hold them accountable. How to Adopt a Public Official 

7. Do quality checks on your government: Collect information on what is supposed to be done (laws, statutes, administrative rules), then find out if it is being done (review public records, attend public meetings). Government accountability module 

8. Find out who's getting paid: How to follow the money trail

9. Count the votes yourself: How to Count the Votes 

10. File a lawsuit. Guidelines for election-related lawsuits 

11. (And you thought there were only 10 things to do):If you're a famous citizen: Download the Elections Toolkit for Famous Voices: What celebrities can do to get better elections 

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commented 2013-12-29 01:32:44 -0600 · Flag
Thank you
@Jerrianneh tweeted link to this page. 2012-10-30 16:34:43 -0500
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commented 2012-03-11 19:32:40 -0500 · Flag
Another tool is submitting a complaint to a county grand jury to monitor primaries. The complaint is already prepared for 1. Downloading, 2. Edit, 3. Print. 4. Get to your county grand jury (via DA). In this election season (2012 primaries), 139 complaints have already been downloaded from the website:
@MonaAlexis27 tweeted link to this page. 2012-03-06 06:01:02 -0600
Top 10 Things Citizens Can Do To Oversee Elections
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