Cong. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) just announced that he no longer supports the Holt Bill, H.R. 811. This article was originally published after Dennis Kucinich introduced H.R. 6200, a bill requiring paper ballots only for presidential elections. The bill was introduced in the 109th Congress. With the new Democratic majority, Kucinich became a co-sponsor of the Holt bill, H.R. 811, a bill that critics argue further erodes voting rights and confidence. The public input to H.R. 811 has been intense and consistent. Kucinich made his announcement at Democracy Fest, a DFA event put together by voting rights advocate Nancy Tobi. Tobi has been one of the harshest critics of the Holt bill. She’s a frequent contributor to OpEdNews. Additional coverage can be found from BlackBoxVoting.Org, election law attorney Paul Lehto, and Internet Poster Einsteinia.
M. Collins: Paper for President
The Time is NOW
The United States just endured another election that inspired more suspicion than confidence. Two years after the fiasco of Election 2004 in Ohio and elsewhere, four year years after the never investigated mystery of Georgia 2002, and six years after the disgrace of Florida which saw the loser of the popular vote (s)elected President by the Supreme Court; major problems pervade the US election system. The new problems created by computerized voting and tabulation merge with traditional race and class based election fraud in an assault on free, fair, transparent and inclusive elections.
The Democratic controlled House of Representatives may be 10 to 12 members shy on the left side of the aisle due to election irregularities. Jonathan Simon of the Election Defense Alliance just published a major paper demonstrating that as many as three million votes may be missing from the 2006 election. Problems of this sort were anticipated by internet poster TruthIsAll and this author in a three part series in “Scoop” which developed a vote fraud model that identified likely races for those photo finishes that always seem to put a Republican in office.
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Paper for President: House Resolution 6200
Representative Dennis Kucinich, D, Ohio introduced HR 6200 on September 27, 2006. His bill will “amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to conduct Presidential elections using paper ballots and to count those ballots by hand, and for other purposes.”
The main features of the bill include special rules for Presidential elections.
- Presidential elections will be conducted entirely with paper ballots;
- Each precinct will include no more than 500 paper ballots per ballot box;
- Paper ballots will be counted by hand in the precincts where voting takes place and vote counting will be witnessed by a representative of each political party with a candidate on the ballot “as well as any interested member of the public.”
HR 6200 takes the logical step of moving Washington’s birthday celebration to election day during presidential election years making it easier for working people to vote.
If passed, the bill takes effect in time for the November 2008 presidential election.
Rep. Kucinich announced HR 6200 at the
9/06 “We Count” Conference in Cleveland
The Only Viable Alternative for Balloting: A Clear Public Consensus
A Zogby Poll of 1018 likely voters in August 2006 found that 60% are aware of the problems posed by electronic voting, 80% oppose private vendors keeping the operation of their electronic voting devices a trade secret, and 92% support the right of the public to watch vote counting. Other surveys, online and by phone, show that public confidence in US elections is below 50%.