Meet the New Boss
Congress is about to pass an election "reform" bill, HR811 (the Holt Bill). The bill will enshrine secret computerized vote counting, controlled by the White House.
The Holt bill would tempt the likes of the late Mayor Daley of Chicago and vote villain Boss Tweed of New York City's Tammany Hall.
How will our modern vote villains resist?
A "yes" vote on the Holt bill allows the federal government to erect an impenetrable wall between American voters and their votes. It will lock in secret vote-counting technology owned by corporations. The public will be shut out for good.
That's why our NH Secretary State, the NH City and Town Clerks Association, and the DFNH Fair Elections Committee all oppose the bill.
They're not alone.
National organizations for the chief voting officials in all 50 states, state legislators, and the nation's counties all oppose the Holt bill. There are more than 100 national and regional voting rights groups who oppose the bill as well.
So, why is Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) a cosponsor of the Holt bill? And, why is Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter (D-NH) undecided on the issue?
Lobbyists like Common Cause are promoting HR811 to "get it straight by 2008". But HR811 is primarily drafted for a 2010 effective date. It will never protect our 2008 elections.
Grassroots activists have drafted a simple bill that really can make a difference for 2008. They need a Congressional sponsor but have yet to find any takers.
Congress is stuck on HR811, dangerous flaws and all.
"Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"
The Help America Vote Act, passed in 2002, created the Election Assistance Commission. This shadow White House agency, four presidential appointees, wields total control over voting system standards. They design the computerized voting machines, and even the paper ballots, used in our nation's elections.
HR811 cements voting system control in the hands of the president, shifting the balance of power in elections from the citizenry to The Commission.
This is a complete reversal of the founders' vision of dispersed power.