December 4, 2007

Tell Congress: Voters Deserve Accessible, Verifiable Elections in 2008 and Beyond!

Posted in Elections, Hr 811, paper ballots, politics, Rush Holt, voting, voting machines tagged , , , , , , at 4:51 am by bluebanshee

Verified Voting has anew action alert for the Senate version of Rush Holt’s H.R. 811. S. 2295, introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), contains the desirable paper ballot and audit provisions of the original “committee mark” version of H.R. 811 plus the welcome addition of a phase-out of DRE voting machines. Go to the Verified Voting website and use the tools you find there to to contact your Senators and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors for S. 2295.

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/vevo/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=21882

Less than a year from now, an important national election will be held — but will our voting systems be prepared? Some states have already taken action to require voter-verified paper ballots and mandatory audits to check ballot tallies for accuracy. But what about the rest of the country?

Send a message to the Senate that you believe every election is important, and that voters should not just have to trust that their votes were counted as they intended… election officials should be able to prove it.

Senators Nelson and Whitehouse have introduced S. 2295, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act to require voter-verified paper ballots and mandatory audits in all 50 states. Verified Voting strongly endorses S. 2295 and we urge all Senators to support this important legislation.

In addition to requiring voter-verified paper records for all votes cast in 2008, and phasing out direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines by 2012, the bill requires that the voter-verified paper ballot is what governs in case of discrepancies with the electronic count, provides Federal funding to allow states to upgrade to voter-verifiable equipment, prohibits the use of undisclosed software, wireless communication devices, and internet connections for voting machines, and requires that all voters be given the choice to vote on paper ballots beginning in November, 2008.

Take action today: tell your Senators that we all deserve more reliable voting systems, and ask them to please co-sponsor S. 2295 today. Send the letter [on the website], or edit it as you see fit. Thank you!

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