The facts about HR 811, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot under title III of such Act, and for other purposes.
Bill # H.R.811

Original Sponsor:
Rush Holt (D-NJ 12th)

Cosponsor Total: 217
(last sponsor added 05/16/2007)
197 Democrats
20 Republicans

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/bills/?billtype=H.R.&billnumb…

Status:
02/05/2007: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
03/23/2007: Referred to the Subcommittee on Elections.
03/23/2007: Subcommittee Hearings Held.
03/29/2007: Committee Hearings Held.
05/08/2007: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
05/08/2007: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
05/16/2007: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 91.
05/16/2007: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on House Administration. H. Rept. 110-154.

Committee/Subcommittee Activity:
House Administration: Referral

Read the entire text of HR 811 on Thomas:
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/webreturn/?url=http://thomas.loc.gov…

Summary of This Legislation:
This summary has been edited for length

5/16/2007–Reported to House amended. (There is 1 other summary)
Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 – (Sec. 2) Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to revise requirements for the audit capacity of voting systems, particularly those for a permanent paper record.
Requires the voting system to require the use of or produce an individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballot of the voter’s vote, created by or made available for inspection and verification by the voter before the voter’s vote is cast and counted. Requires the voting system to provide the voter with an opportunity to correct any system-made error in the voter-verified paper ballot before it is permanently preserved.
Requires each ballot produced to be: (1) suitable for a manual audit equivalent to that of a paper ballot voting system; and (2) counted by hand in any recount or audit conducted with respect to any federal election.
Sets forth a special rule for treatment of disputes when paper ballots have been shown to be compromised.
Revises the requirements for accessibility and ballot verification for individuals with disabilities. Requires a system that: (1) allows the voter to privately and independently verify the individual, durable paper ballot through the conversion of the human-readable printed or market vote selections into accessible form; (2) ensures that the entire process of ballot verification and vote casting is equipped for individuals with disabilities; and (3) does not preclude the supplementary use of Braille or tactile ballots.
Requires the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study, test, and develop best practices to enhance the accessibility of ballot verification mechanisms for individuals with disabilities, voters whose primary language is not English, and voters with difficulties in literacy. Authorizes appropriations.
Outlines additional voting system requirements and prohibitions.
Requires a notice in a prominent location in the polling place advising voters that: (1) the paper ballots representing their votes shall serve as the vote of record in all audits and recounts in federal elections; and (2) they should not leave the voting booth until confirming that such paper ballots accurately recorded their vote.
Prohibits the use of uncertified election dedicated voting system technologies. Requires an accredited laboratory with which such technology has been deposited to hold it in escrow and disclose it, along with related information, to qualified persons (including governmental entities and parties to litigation challenging election administration or results) who have entered certain non-disclosure agreements or to whom state law requires the laboratory to disclose it.
Prohibits a voting system from containing, using, or being accessible by any wireless, power-line, or concealed communication device, except state-certified enclosed infrared communications devices which cannot be used: (1) for any remote or wide area communications; or (2) without the knowledge of poll workers.
Prohibits connection to the Internet at any time of any component of any voting device upon which ballots are programmed or votes are cast or tabulated.
Specifies security standards for voting systems used in federal elections. Directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to develop and publish best practices on the documentation of the secure chain of custody for the handling of all software, hardware, vote storage media, ballots, and voter-verified ballots.
Prescribes durability, readability, and polling place availability requirements for paper ballots.
Requires laboratories to meet standards prohibiting conflicts of interest as a condition of accreditation for the testing of voting system hardware and software. Prescribes testing procedures. Authorizes appropriations.
Prescribes requirements for special certification to …

List of co-sponsors:

Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] – 2/8/2007
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] – 4/17/2007
Rep Bean, Melissa L. [IL-8] – 2/6/2007
Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] – 2/5/2007
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] – 2/5/2007
Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] – 2/7/2007
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Bono, Mary [CA-45] – 4/24/2007
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Boyd, Allen [FL-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] – 2/5/2007
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] – 5/1/2007
Rep Carson, Julia [IN-7] – 4/17/2007
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] – 2/5/2007
Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] – 2/6/2007
Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 2/27/2007
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] – 2/5/2007
Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] – 2/5/2007
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Cuellar, Henry [TX-28] – 2/7/2007
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Davis, Artur [AL-7] – 2/27/2007
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Davis, Lincoln [TN-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] – 2/5/2007
Rep Davis, Tom [VA-11] – 2/5/2007
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] – 2/5/2007
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] – 2/5/2007
Rep Donnelly, Joe [IN-2] – 4/18/2007
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 2/5/2007
Rep Edwards, Chet [TX-17] – 2/5/2007
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] – 2/5/2007
Rep English, Phil [PA-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] – 2/5/2007
Rep Etheridge, Bob [NC-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] – 2/12/2007
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 2/5/2007
Rep Fortuno, Luis G. [PR] – 2/5/2007
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] – 2/13/2007
Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [AZ-8] – 5/14/2007
Rep Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY-20] – 2/5/2007
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] – 2/5/2007
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Green, Al [TX-9] – 4/30/2007
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] – 2/5/2007
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] – 2/6/2007
Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 2/5/2007
Rep Herseth, Stephanie [SD] – 2/5/2007
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hill, Baron P. [IN-9] – 4/17/2007
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] – 2/7/2007
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hodes, Paul W. [NH-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] – 2/5/2007
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] – 2/5/2007
Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] – 2/16/2007
Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] – 2/5/2007
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 2/5/2007
Rep Jefferson, William J. [LA-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 2/5/2007
Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [OH-11] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kanjorski, Paul E. [PA-11] – 2/6/2007
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep Kuhl, John R. “Randy”, Jr. [NY-29] – 2/5/2007
Rep LaHood, Ray [IL-18] – 2/14/2007
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] – 2/5/2007
Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] – 2/6/2007
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] – 2/12/2007
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] – 3/1/2007
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] – 2/8/2007
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] – 2/5/2007
Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] – 2/5/2007
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] – 2/5/2007
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] – 5/14/2007
Rep Marshall, Jim [GA-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 2/7/2007
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] – 5/14/2007
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21] – 2/5/2007
Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5] – 2/12/2007
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] – 2/5/2007
Rep Melancon, Charlie [LA-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [AZ-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Mollohan, Alan B. [WV-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 4/17/2007
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 5/16/2007
Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] – 2/6/2007
Rep Murtha, John P. [PA-12] – 3/5/2007
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] – 2/5/2007
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/5/2007
Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Obey, David R. [WI-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Ortiz, Solomon P. [TX-27] – 2/5/2007
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] – 2/5/2007
Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] – 3/5/2007
Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 2/12/2007
Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] – 2/5/2007
Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [TX-23] – 3/20/2007
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] – 3/20/2007
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] – 2/5/2007
Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Salazar, John T. [CO-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] – 4/17/2007
Rep Saxton, Jim [NJ-3] – 4/17/2007
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] – 2/5/2007
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Scott, David [GA-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [VA-3] – 2/5/2007
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] – 2/5/2007
Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] – 2/5/2007
Rep Shuler, Heath [NC-11] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 4/17/2007
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] – 2/5/2007
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Snyder, Vic [AR-2] – 2/9/2007
Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] – 2/5/2007
Rep Spratt, John M., Jr. [SC-5] – 2/5/2007
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 2/5/2007
Rep Tanner, John S. [TN-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] – 2/8/2007
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] – 2/5/2007
Rep Udall, Tom [NM-3] – 2/27/2007
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 2/5/2007
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] – 2/12/2007
Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] – 2/7/2007
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] – 2/12/2007
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] – 2/5/2007
Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] – 2/5/2007
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] – 2/5/2007
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] – 2/5/2007
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] – 2/5/2007
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] – 2/5/2007
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] – 2/5/2007
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 2/5/2007
Rep Wu, David [OR-1] – 2/5/2007
Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4] – 2/5/2007
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] – 4/17/2007

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