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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

U.S. House to consider fair elections bill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an important action alert today:
A bipartisan bill requiring paper trails for electronic voting machines just cleared a major hurdle and could be taken up by the House of Representatives next week. Defend your right to vote and support H.R. 811, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007.

E-voting machines have wreaked havoc and undermined confidence in our election system. Despite demonstrated technical failures - including the loss of thousands of votes - nearly half of all states still do not require a voter verified paper ballot. Most of the voting machines in operation today haven't been sufficiently reviewed for security, and poll workers frequently do not receive adequate training to deal with machine problems.
H.R. 811 isn't just about producing voter verified paper ballots. It also ensures random audits and availability of voting machine computer code for review by experts and litigants, besides many other critical reforms.

H.R. 811 has successfully made it out of committee with friendly amendments that have strengthened its effectiveness. NPI wholeheartedly supports this bill and urges Pacific Northwest lawmakers from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to vote in favor.

This is an extremely important bill that has been in the making for years. Your help is needed to ensure victory. If fair and transparent elections are important to you, take action now!

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