What is #CountTheVote?

#CountTheVote is a project to monitor, protect & verify election results. We use crowdsourcing and new technologies to help make sure that every vote gets counted accurately. The work is done by volunteers – like you!


The first stage of our current project is to compare images of poll tapes taken on Election Night
with the reported results to check for accuracy. What is a poll tape? Why is it important?

How It Works

Recruit People To Help With The Process

Before the election, we recruit volunteers to capture images of poll tapes from polling locations across the United States. Poll tapes are often posted at the polling location. The method varies based on state statutes. See the statutes by state.

Volunteers Capture Images of Poll Tapes

This part of the process is now done for the 2020 election.  Poll tapes are captured with photo and video and posted online.

Volunteers Transcribe The Results

Volunteers gather the data from images and videos of poll tapes and transcribe it into and spreadsheets, where it can be quantitatively analyzed and tabulated.

Compare The Data To Official Results

This is the critical part of the process that we are in now for the 2020 election – we are asking for volunteers to help compare poll tape data to official results! If the results and the poll tapes are the same – we can have more confidence that no votes were changed between the polling location and the reporting of the totals. Additional procedures are necessary to verify other parts of the process as well.


Are you ready to help count the votes and protect our elections?