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RandomEA comments on Paper Ballots in the 2020 US Election - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: RandomEA 06 August 2017 03:28:05AM 2 points [-]

If EAs decide to lobby state legislatures, they should focus on Pennsylvania and Florida, the two swing states where a significant proportion of voters use a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machine without a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trial (VVPAT):

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/millions-voters-could-cast-ballots-machines-leave-no-paper-trail/

Comment author: purplepeople 11 August 2017 12:18:52AM 1 point [-]

For people who know how politics works: are petitions ever effective? Or writing letters to people-who-matter? Or something else?

Comment author: nexech 24 August 2017 07:46:08PM 0 points [-]

Anecdotally, in descending order of efficacy: Phone call to representative from their voter > email to representative from their voter > petition.