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There are many good provisions in the new election reform bill (HR 811 introduced by Congressman Rush Holt D-NJ), called the “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007.” There is significant momentum in the U.S. House to pass the bill as written; and it is on a "fast-track".

BUT, the bill allows the continued use of electronic "ballots" -- invisible data on a computer -- as the ballots of record. Democracy demands that voters can know the selections on their own ballots. This means all ballots must be cast on paper and only paper – no electronic ballots, which keep the ballot secret from the voter.

The members must hear from us - NOW - that the bill urgently needs an amendment to ban electronic ballots.

We are not seeking to "kill" the bill, but to gain support for an amendment banning electronic ballots and the use of Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines, which create them. We believe we have a chance!

Here's what you can do: Go to VotersUnite.Org and take part in the action to ask Congress to support an amendment to ban DRE voting machines.

NAtional: Conyers, Emanuel, Holt, Becerra, Honda, Ellison Fight to End Vote Suppression

http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2301&Itemid=26

NAtional: Diebold Mulls Role of Voting Business

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/04/ap3482851.html

NAtional: Diebold may leave e-voting business

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070305-diebold-may-leave-e-voting-business.html

NAtional: Major New Investigation of Electronic Voting Machines

http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_press_re_070304_major_new_investigat.htm

NAtional: Obama Introduces Bill to Rank State Election Practices and Performance

http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2299&Itemid=26

CA: Orange County - Election recount could provoke legal challenge

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