Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rush Holt Bill Due to come up for vote sometime soon as early as April 16, and be aware, there is still opposition to it due to what are perceived flaws in the bill - from non-partisan and even liberal quarters...

Net the Truth Online posts the controversy about the new Holt legislation HR 811 for your information.

As proposed currently, the Holt bill appears to have enough opposition and detailed concerns about security and integrity - and the auditing process as proposed - from those within the election watchdog and voting security community to warrant holding off on the passage of the legislation in its current form. The sad thing would be for the bill to pass as is, over the objections of election community activists, and then have it touted as the final solution to everything related to election problems in the United States.

Just read our coverage of a legal challenge to a candidate's nomination petitions and you can see a big problem remains with the voter registration lists.

The Holt bill does nothing about inaccurate computerized voter registration rolls in every state. Without those being updated and clean of voters who have moved to another state, or are deceased, how can anyone trust the outcome of any election? The debate may rage on for years concerning whether electronic (touchscreen) voting machines malfunction, are tampered with and frauded, or encounter human error as seen in the programming of the wrong date on the machines in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania which necessitated an overhaul of the machines on election day 2006.

But there should be no debate about inaccurate voter registration rolls.

No election is safe if even a handful of names of electors remain on the voter rolls which should not be there for being illegal, deceased, moved, changed address, etc.

Rush Holt website

Q: What are the bill’s fundamental requirements?

Statement H.R. 811--110th Congress (2007): Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, (database of federal legislation)

(accessed Apr 5, 2007)

Sponsors and co-sponsors

Mark Up

Press Releases:: March 23, 2007
Subcommittee on Elections Conducts Hearing on the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 (H.R. 811)
H.R. 811 Promises Optical Solution to Election Reform; Leaves Many in the Dark

National Conference of State Legislatures
Office of State-Federal Relations
March 27, 2007

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) urges you to speak to members of your congressional delegation during the spring recess and tell them to oppose H.R. 811, which amends the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and preempts state laws governing paper trails for voting machines and post-election audit procedures. This bill would also create an unfunded federal mandate for states because it requires states to pay for completely new or retrofitted voting machines as well to meet the conditions of the bill. H.R. 811 will be marked up in the House Committee on House Administration on Thursday, March 29 and could reach the House floor as early as April 16...


For more information, please contact Susan Parnas Frederick or Hirsh Kravitz at NCSL at 202-624-5400...

People for American Way pro Holt Bill

Avi Rubin OK with Holt Bill Plugs his new book
Saturday, February 17, 2007
H.R. 811, the new Holt bill

Earlier this month, US Congressman Rush Holt (D, NJ) introduced H.R. 811, a bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified paper ballot. I have read the bill, as well as some of the criticism by various activists.

In my opinion, passage of the Holt bill would be the single most positive development in this country this decade to ensure the security, integrity and verifiability of elections. As a federal law, this legislation would establish a baseline for all states that would exceed the security and audit of elections in most states today.

Overall supportive discussion of Holt Bill HR 811

Vote PA

Includes podcast interview

John Bonifaz makes the case for amending Holt's HR 811
February 22, 2007

Holes in HR 811 Charted No Leaky Buckets

Black Box Voting forum dissects HR 811 and provides links to more material

Serious flaws in the Holt Bill includes link to Bev Harris What's Wrong with Holt more Bruce O'Dell, Nancy Tobi...

Same as above with links

Four Election Integrity Groups Release a 'One-Page Concept Proposal...
PRWeb March 29, 2007

- Leaders in four election integrity organizations are delivering a proposal to the Congress calling on the members to sponsor better election reform legislation.

According to leaders of The National Election Data Archive, Black Box Voting, Democracy for New Hampshire, and Citizens' Alliance for Secure Elections, OH, there are serious flaws in current election reform proposals proposed by U.S. Congressman Rush Holt and Senator Bill Nelson (HR 811 & S559) and by Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Senator Hillary Clinton (HR1381 & S804).

Some election officials agree. Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections in a March 20, 2007 email correspondence said: 'Congress got it wrong when it passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002 and there is a high probability that HR 811 in its current form could create another form of expensive mischief that could interfere with efficient administration of elections.'

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have also written a joint letter on March 19, 2007 urging members of Congress to oppose HR811/S559.

Yet, federal election reform legislation is critically needed in early 2007 if it is to be in effect in time to assure the accuracy and truth of 2008 federal elections.

Coalition for Visible Ballots issues opposition statement to new Holt Bill
New Version of Holt Bill: A Giant Step Backwards: Position Statement from Coalition for Visible Ballots

Election Integrity: Fact & Friction

Sunday, March 4, 2007
H.R.811: Fact & Friction -- Part I
Posted by Howard Stanislevic at 10:18 PM

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
H.R.811: Fact & Friction – Part III
Posted by Howard Stanislevic at 3:28 PM
By Mark Lindeman, Ph.D. and Howard Stanislevic, Research Consultant

Saturday, March 10, 2007
H.R.811: Fact & Friction -- Part II
Posted by Howard Stanislevic at 2:28 PM
Guest blogged by Mark Lindeman, Ph.D.*

I still fail to understand why these organizations continue to promote the idea that the United States is a democracy. It isn't. It is a republic, a nation of laws... just aggravating, since otherwise the material is useful...

Voters Unite
Participate in Protecting Our Democracy!
Help Amend HR 811 to prohibit "electronic ballots."

This page lists a variety of materials you can use, and actions you can take, to work toward informing Congress and others of the reasons why electronic ballots must be prohibited in the United States -- NOW.
These materials are aimed at amending Congressman Rush Holt's bill ("Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007") to ban electronic ballots.

Where's the Paper

Discussion on blog

Freedom to Tinker
Protect E-Voting — Support H.R. 811
Monday March 12, 2007 by Ed Felten

Edward W. Felton Testimony link

My Supplemental E-Voting Testimony
Friday March 30, 2007 by Ed Felton

Dan Wallach testified before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on February 7

More discussion

Use care in reading comments on Brad Blog as many posters just have one-train of thought on Republicans - too bad, as that simply diminishes any arguments they have on the issue of the Holt bill for or against...

Brad Blog

No comments links to material, articles (better)

Rush Holt Election Reform Bill (HR 811)

Just one more, promise cause you gotta enjoy reading those comments that are so-o conspiratorial ...
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