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Action Alert recall: Let's reconsider HR 550

By Angela Stark, Coalition for Visible Ballots  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
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From Nancy Tobi of Democracy for New Hampshire, re: Holt's HR 550:

TrueMajority's Holt Bill action alert should be reconsidered

Today many of you have received an action alert from TrueMajority,
asking you to sign a petition in support of HR 550, also known as the
Holt Bill. I would like to issue a counter alert.

Unfortunately, the Holt bill is not just about paper ballots; it
includes several dangerous provisions that are not good for our
democracy at all.

Consequently, there are many election activists, including most of us on
the DFNH Fair Elections Committee, who do NOT endorse the Holt bill as
written. The movement of informed activists against the Holt bill is
growing each day. This bill, like the Help America Vote Act, was borne
from the grassroots and hijacked by special interests.

I have written two articles about this:

what's wrong with the Holt Bill? Part 1

What's wrong with the Holt bill? Part 2

I have been in touch with the Holt office, and they have acknowledged
but not addressed our concerns. The problem with the bill as written is
that it sets us up for a handover of election control to the executive

So, raise your hands if you believe the White House will do a good and
honest job of managing our federal, state, and local elections.

Now raise your hands if you want a federal agency to send in hired
contractors to conduct recounts in New Hampshire, even, under certain
circumstances, for state and local elections.

OK - if you haven't raised your hands for either of these questions,
call Holt's office and ask them to change the bill.

Ask them to revise it so that it ONLY CALLS FOR PAPER BALLOTS. And
nothing else. No audits, and no federal agency taking over our elections.

Congressman Rush Holt
District Office
50 Washington Rd.
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone - (609) 750-9365 Fax - (609) 750-0618

Washington Office
1019 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone - (202) 225-5801 Fax - (202) 225-6025

Then, write to TrueMajority, and tell them your concerns as well:

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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