MoveOn.Org is asking members to vote on current Holt Bill. Opinions?

From: Adrienne Kandel <adrienne_at_dcn_dot_org>
Date: Sat Sep 01 2007 - 14:18:23 CDT

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Subject: Important decision on voting machines
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 10:35:22 -0700
From: Noah T. Winer, Political Action
To: Adrienne Kandel <>

Dear MoveOn member,

With time running out to secure our voting machines before the 2008
election, Democratic leaders have negotiated a compromise version of
Rep. Rush Holt's paper ballots bill, H.R. 811.

It's not ideal, but we need to decide if we'll support it anyway. On the
one hand, the compromise is imperfect. On the other, it's our only
chance to make significant national progress before the 2008 election.

*Read more about the compromise below, then let us know if you think
MoveOn should support the current version of the Holt bill:*

Yes, we should support the bill.

No, we should not support the bill.

Not sure if we should support the bill.

The Holt paper ballots bill has met with strong concern from many
disability rights groups because electronic voting machines offered many
people with disabilities their first opportunity ever to vote
independently. Some technology does exist to make paper ballots
accessible, but not all disability groups feel it's adequate.

The compromise Holt bill requires all electronic voting machines to
include paper trails by 2008, but it allows the use of cash
register-style printers that are not great for reliable
voter-verification. Some counties will also be allowed to buy new
electronic voting machines.

By 2012, the bill would ban these more error-prone paper trails and
require durable paper ballots instead. The bill would not ban electronic
voting machines altogether, but it would make the durable paper ballots
the vote of record and would require manual audits to ensure accurate

The compromise bill is supported by Common Cause, the Brennan Center for
Justice, and People for the American Way---some of the leading groups
we've worked with for years to secure voting machines. There are other
groups who have long opposed the Holt bill because it doesn't ban
electronic voting machines.

MoveOn is a member-directed organization, so we have to make this tough
call together. *Should MoveOn support the latest version of the Holt bill?*

Yes, we should support the bill.

No, we should not support the bill.

Not sure if we should support the bill.

Thanks for all you do.

--Noah, Ilyse, Justin, Carrie, and the Political Action Team
Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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