Tell Congress: Pass HR 5036 Emergency Bill for Secure Elections in 2008
With little more than six months to go before the election, now is your best chance to to help make the 2008 Presidential election verifiable. Please ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the "Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008”, Representative Rush Holt's bill to provide emergency funding for paper ballots voting systems and random hand counted audits of the November elections.
While the bill as introduced would have offered money only for the most reliable voting systems - those that use voter-marked paper ballots, with accessible ballot-marking devices to serve voters with disabilities - an amendment has been added in committee that would also provide funding for retrofitting direct-recording electronic voting machines (DREs) with printers. We strongly discourage any jurisdiction from choosing this option. Adding printers to DREs is not the best option for voter-verified paper ballots; paper based systems, whether initially counted by optical scanners or by hand, provide a record of voter intent, are more reliable and cost effective than DREs, and they are simpler for pollworkers and voters to use. They are also easier to recount and audit than DRE paper trails.
By offering crucial funding, Congress can empower state and county officials to do the right thing in time for November.