CALL on CONGRESS for Open, Public Debate.
Read Call for Open, Public Debate on HR 811
by Nancy Tobi at http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/call_for_open_public_debate_on_hr_811
The Holt Bill has been amended and is once again being fast-tracked through Congress.
Election integrity activists and public interest groups fall on both
sides of the debate on this controversial bill. Some say
this is the best we can get. Others say we must do better for the
sake of election integrity and the fate of our democracy. State
election administrators and Attorneys General oppose it. A floor
vote could come any time.
The Election Defense Alliance has sent out an Action Alert once again
saying: WE MUST DO BETTER THAN HR 811 which promises increased voter
confidence but actually perpetuates secret vote-counting and invites,
rather than prevents systemic corruption of our elections. It also
hands centralized control of federal elections to four White House
Read EDAs Five Point Proposal for Election Reform at http://www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org/five_point_proposal
The Alliance for Democracy calls on its members and all other con
citizens alarmed at contested results and evidence of fraud since 2000
to call, write, fax or email their US Representative and Senator. Ask
them not to Fast Track this bill. Ask for a full and public debate to
take place. Call 1-800-828-0498 to contact your representative in
Washington, D.C., or go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
for additional contact information.
HR 811 as amended would:
* allow the use of a paper trail. We need a real paper ballot.
* allow the continued use of some voting machines that do not have voter-marked paper ballots until 2010. Voter-marked paper ballots should be mandated for use in 2008.
* allow the continued use of DRE touch screen computerized voting
machines. The Election Defense Alliance endorses a Federal buyout from
states of all touch-screen voting equipment.
* allow the voting machine code to be treated as a trade secret, thus preventing inspection by independent experts. We need no secret vote counting, no secret records, no secret contracts, and no trade secrecy in our public election
* not provide adequate funding to implement the required audits, record
storage, and new technology. For instance, this bill requires text
conversion technology in every polling place. The expense for this
alone would be in excess of $1.2 billion and burden states. Three should be no unfunded mandates that states can not budget.
* provide no means to enforce election laws that are being routinely violated. Violations must be prosecuted.
*hand centralized control of federal elections to four White House
appointees who would have the power to: approve which electronic
machines to use in our elections, decide who counts the votes and how
votes are counted, and how recounts are conducted and outcomes
decided. Voting technology and process should not be controlled
by four White House appointees.