Re: Legislation to Require All Voting Machines To Produce AVoter-Verified Paper Trail

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Aug 12 2004 - 21:56:18 CDT

He introduced his legislation in 2003, didn't he?

Best regards,
Arthur

At 6:59 PM -0700 8/12/04, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>Hello:
>
> Sound just a tad unrealistic to have printer software written and
>integrated with the voting software, equipment certified, purchased,
>shipped, installed and so on by Nov. 2, 2004. Are you sure Holt didn't mean
>2006 or is he just posturing?
>
>Thanks, Ed Kennedy
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Fred McLain" <mclain@zipcon.net>
>To: "voting-project" <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
>Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 11:40 AM
>Subject: [voting-project] Legislation to Require All Voting Machines To
>Produce AVoter-Verified Paper Trail
>
>
>> A helpful initiative we may want to support:
>> http://holt.house.gov/issues2.cfm?id=5996
>>
>>
>> ON ELECTION DAY 2004, HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOUR VOTE IS PROPERLY
>> COUNTED?
>> ANSWER: YOU WON'T
>>
>> Rep. Rush Holt Introduces Legislation to Require All Voting Machines To
>> Produce A Voter-Verified Paper Trail
>>
>>
>>
>> Washington, DC - Rep. Rush Holt today responded to the growing chorus of
>> concern from election reform specialists and computer security experts
>> about the integrity of future elections by introducing reform
>> legislation, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of
>> 2003. The measure would require all voting machines to produce an actual
>> paper record by 2004 that voters can view to check the accuracy of their
>> votes and that election officials can use to verify votes in the event
>> of a computer malfunction, hacking, or other irregularity. Experts
>> often refer to this paper record as a "voter-verified paper trail."
>>
>>
>>
>> "We cannot afford nor can we permit another major assault on the
>> integrity of the American electoral process," said Rep. Rush Holt.
>> "Imagine it's Election Day 2004. You enter your local polling place and
>> go to cast your vote on a brand new "touch screen" voting machine. The
>> screen says your vote has been counted. As you exit the voting booth,
>> however, you begin to wonder. How do I know if the machine actually
>> recorded my vote? The fact is, you don't."
>>
>>
>>
>> Last October, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA),
>> groundbreaking election reform legislation that is currently helping
>> states throughout the country replace antiquated and unreliable punch
>> card and butterfly ballot voting systems. HAVA, however, is having an
>> unintended consequence. It is fueling a rush by states and localities
>> to purchase computer-voting systems that suffer from a serious flaw;
>> voters and election officials have no way of knowing whether the
>> computers are counting votes properly. Hundreds of nationally renowned
>> computer scientists, including internationally renowned expert David
>> Dill of Stanford University, consider a voter-verified paper trial to be
>> a critical safeguard for the accuracy, integrity and security of
>> computer-assisted elections.
>>
>>
>>
>> "Voting should not be an act of blind faith. It should be an act of
>> record," said Rep Rush Holt. "But current law does nothing to protect
>> the integrity of our elections against computer malfunction, computer
>> hackers, or any other potential irregularities."
>>
>>
>>
>> There have already been several examples of computer error in
>> elections. In the 2002 election, brand new computer voting systems used
>> in Florida lost over 100,000 votes due to a software error. Errors and
>> irregularities were also reported in New Jersey, Missouri, Georgia,
>> Texas, and at least 10 other states.
>>
>>
>>
>> "A recount requires that there be a reliable record to check," said
>> Holt. "Without an actual paper record that each voter can
>> confidentially inspect, faulty or hacked computer systems will simply
>> spit out the same faulty or hacked result. Every vote in every election
>> matters. We can and should do this in time for the 2004 federal
>> election."
> >
>>
>>
>> Key provisions of The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act
>> of 2003 include:
>>
>>
>>
>> 1) Requires all voting systems to produce a voter-verified paper
>> record for use in manual audits and recounts. For those using the
>> increasingly popular ATM-like "DRE"(Direct Recording Electronic)
>> machines, this requirement means the DRE would print a receipt that each
>> voter would verify as accurate and deposit into a lockbox for later use
>> in a recount. States would have until November 2003 to request
>> additional funds to meet this requirement.
>>
>>
>>
>> 2) Bans the use of undisclosed software and wireless communications
>> devices in voting systems.
>>
>>
>>
>> 3) Requires all voting systems to meet these requirements in time
>> for the general election in November 2004. Jurisdictions that feel
>> their new computer systems may not be able to meet this deadline may use
>> an existing paper system as an interim measure (at federal expense) in
>> the November 2004 election.
>>
>>
>>
>> 4) Requires that electronic voting system be provided for persons
>> with disabilities by January 1, 2006 -- one year earlier than currently
>> required by HAVA. Like the voting machines for non-disabled voters,
>> those used by disabled voters must also provide a mechanism for
>> voter-verification, though not necessarily a paper trail. Jurisdictions
>> unable to meet this requirement by the deadline must give disabled
>> voters the option to use the interim paper system with the assistance of
>> an aide of their choosing.
>>
>>
>>
>> 5) Requires mandatory surprise recounts in 0.5% of domestic
>> jurisdictions and 0.5% of overseas jurisdictions.
>>

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