Our Mission and Principles
The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is a not-for-profit, non-partisan civic organization dedicated to the correction of election system deficiencies and to ensuring fair, accurate, and completely transparent elections.
Fundamental to election integrity is the inscribing of all votes (whether by hand or by machine) on durable paper ballots which are easily handled and verified by the individual voter. The voters’ paper ballot shall be the only official ballot for purposes of casting, tallying, counting, audit and recount.
The Mission of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is to inform and educate the public, media and government officials about important election-integrity issues and to promote the adoption of legislation and policies designed to secure the democratic process.
We Support These Principles . . .
Every Vote Counts – Count Every Vote
Every voter should be confident that their vote is equal regardless of their race, economic status or political affiliation, that their choices matter, and most importantly that their vote counts.
To protect the integrity of the ballots cast ensures that their voices are heard, the issues most important to them will be addressed not only for them but for their families.
This is fundamental to strengthening our democracy.
We support the proposition that every qualified voter must be assured a reasonable opportunity to cast his or her vote in every election in which he or she is legally entitled to participate.
Trust . . . But Verify
We support same-day in-precinct counting and tabulation of ballots, with multi-partisan supervision, public oversight and immediate public posting of the results.
We support independent multi-partisan audits consisting of a hand-count of at least ten percent (10%) of randomly selected ballots for all National, State, County and City elections.
We support publicly funded non-partisan exit polling.
We support safe and secure storage of all election records and ballots for a minimum of two (2) years.
We support multi-partisan election boards.
Equal Voting Opportunity
We support the establishment and enforcement of uniform voting standards, procedures, and methods applicable to all elections and all polling places.
We support independent, private, and convenient casting of ballots by all voters, regardless of physical capabilities.
We support the establishment of election day as a national holiday.