HR 550: Is your vote safe?

No more black box voting.

Last Wednesday, I blogged about House Resolution 550 is the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act, sponsored by Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12) and co-sponsored by 159 Representatives. You know, the bill only nine Republicans signed on to.

The bill has been endorsed by the bipartisan Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform.

H.R. 550 will:

* Mandate a voter verified paper ballot for every vote cast in every federal election, nationwide; because the voter verified paper record is the only one verified by the voters themselves, rather than by the machines, it will serve as the vote of record in any case of inconsistency with electronic records;

* Protect the accessibility requirements of the Help America Vote Act for voters with disabilities;

* Require random, unannounced, hand-count audits of actual election results in every state, and in each county, for every Federal election;

* Prohibit the use of undisclosed software and wireless and concealed communications devices and internet connections in voting machines;

* Provide Federal funding to pay for implementation of voter verified paper balloting; and

* Require full implementation by 2006

If you think it’s important to have an auditable voting system in this country, blog about this legislation and go sign the petition in support of H.R. 550 here.

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