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Election reform on TIME.com

Friday, August 17th, 2007

On TIME’s Swampland blog, People For the American Way president Ralph Neas blogs in favor of HR811, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007. Neas is a Swampland blogger from August 13th-17th. He writes:

Fortunately, [Hoyer and Holt] have crafted a good election reform bill – the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 – that would address voting machine problems head-on. The legislation would, among other things, do the following:

• require a paper record for every vote cast in federal elections next year and beyond
• mandate random audits of voting machines
• require that the paper records, not the voting machines, be used in the event of a recount
• require that emergency paper ballots be provided should voting machines fail

[snip]

The Hoyer-Holt bill is our best, and only, shot at changing the unacceptable status quo in time for the 2008 election.

Previously on WT?BLOG
New York Times advocates (partial) election reform
Study: North Carolina only state performing “essential” post-election audits of electronic voting machines

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