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Shelby Advocates for Valid Elections (SAVE) is a non-profit citizens' group active in preserving, advancing, and protecting the integrity of our votes, and to advocate for verified and valid elections.

We are battling with the State Election Commission and the state’s local Election Commission to rid our elections of our current insecure machines, systems, and processes. The next system they purchase should be secure. They have not agreed to a secure system.


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Key Efforts to Date


  • We’ve done a ton of research.

  • We produced a 50-page report about the Shelby County Election Commission, backed by evidence, and titled, ‘Voting On Thin Ice’.

  • We analyzed voting machines and methods and are recommending voter verifiable paper ballots that are filled out by the voter.

  • We are opposed to any devices interposed between the voter and the scanner, and We are opposed to voting machines that use wifi.

  • We are opposed to the use of barcodes on ballots which can be hacked and negate the voter verification.

  • We have filed a Civil Rights lawsuit in the US District Court seeking new voting operations that prevent hacking.

  • Experts agree that reform is needed. What we do today has local, state and national implications.

Voting On thin Ice


The Voting on Thin Ice report pulls back the curtain from the voting systems in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee to reveal the truth that voting systems across our country are vulnerable at multiple points in the voting process. The Shelby Advocates for Valid Elections (“SAVE”) began its work in 2012, long before the recent reports of interference in our presidential elections.

We have uncovered many weaknesses and vulnerabilities which may apply in other counties. We are not computer experts, and do not attempt to provide a technical analysis. Rather, we observe how these machines are used in real life in one particular county, and open the door so others can learn about systematic problems that ‘common sense’ says could lead to inaccurate results, disputed elections, and a decline in voter confidence in the electoral process.

Everything in this base report is backed by objective documentation from open records requests and other original research from our own investigation.


Read the ReportVoting on Thin Ice
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Illusion-Based Election System


Our expert Matthew Bernard, a Doctoral Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Michigan, said, “Given the level of vulnerability present in Shelby County’s voting system, it tis a near certainty that if an advanced persistent threat (APT) has tried to get in - it has succeeded. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that elections held prior to now have been correct or secure either."

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