Election integrity timeline

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November 2009

September 2009

July 2009

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

June 2009


October 2008

June 2008

April 2008

February 2008

January 2008



  • 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.


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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