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The Election Center


Election Center: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse Updated PDF  | Print |  Email
The Election Center
Contributed by Joyce McCloy, NC Coalition for Verified Voting   
January 15, 2006
The Election Center Wants To "Improve" Democracy - And The Profit Margins Of Their Corporate Sponsors

They are back at it again, the ethically challenged Election Center. They have a new web-page, nice layout, though many of the links still don't work. Amazing that they are first to recommend electronic solutions for voting and registration, yet they can't design a working website. I am sure these broken links are just "glitches" that happen when skeptical computer scientists try to perform time travel! But while the Election Center may have a new website, the mission is the same: promote expensive unreliable and unverifiable voting machines and the vendors that make a profit from them.
 
They have a new logo to boot - and now they've given themselves a subtitle: "The National Association of Election Directors. But who are they? Near the top of the Election Center's "about" page, it describes itself as more or less a heroic group dedicated to democracy..
"The Election Center’s purpose is to promote, preserve, and improve democracy."
 
The Election Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and improving democracy. Its members are government employees whose profession is to serve in voter registration and elections administration.
After that encouraging, patriotic, and heart warming description of the Election Center and its focus on democracy, have alook at what is buried near the bottom of the page - the "money changers" clause.
"The Center’s members also include suppliers of election products and services, including voting systems, voter registration software, voting booths, ballots, election supplies, etc. Members are able to visit with the providers of those goods and services at the national conference where members can learn what is available in the latest technology and election products."
How ethical is it for corporations to be members of an organization that trains, advises, and represents our election officials?
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Who is R. Doug Lewis? PDF  | Print |  Email
The Election Center
By New Yorkers for Verified Voting (www.nyvv.org)   
October 08, 2005
R. Doug Lewis is the Executive Director of the Election Center in Houston, a private, “non-profit organization that serves the elections and voter registration profession”[1] by sponsoring training and certification programs for election administrators and vendors. The Election Center has about 1,000 dues-paying members, including state and county election officials and "suppliers of election products and  services." [2]

Prior to taking over the Election Center in 1994, Lewis was president and director of Micro Trade Mart, a company that traded in used computer parts. He claims political experience as a presidential assistant, aide to Texas governor John Connolly, and chairman of state Democratic parties. Lewis has developed a continuing education program for election officials and the first Code of Ethics for voter registrars and elections administrators.
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The Election Center: The Fox Guarding the Hen House PDF  | Print |  Email
The Election Center
By Joyce McCloy, Coordinator, N.C. Coalition for Verifiable Voting   
August 26, 2005
Editor's Note: The Election Center influences the actions and decisions of state election directors across the country.  In this article, originally published on VoteTrustUSA.org in June, 2005, Joyce McCloy takes a close look at the organization.  New photos supplied by John Gideon.

How long will "The Election Center" be allowed to act as an educator, trainer and advisor of election officials? How long will it continue to give bad advice to North Carolina election officials?
The Election Center viewed from the East
The Election Center from the East
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