Legislation To Ensure America’s Votes Count
|December 11, 2003||Posted by Staff under The Progress Report|
Your Vote Should Count And You Deserve Proof
Senator Introduces Legislation To Ensure America’s Votes Count
After the vote fraud scandals of 2000, Congress should have acted quickly to ensure that every U.S. citizen who votes has their vote counted, and tabulated correctly. Tragically, the vote fraud scandals have continued, but at least now we have some reasonable bills in Congress that would establish American democracy for all voters, and that’s a big step in the right direction.
On December 9, 2003, Senator Bob Graham, D-Florida, introduced the Voter Verification Act, legislation that would require computer voting systems to produce a paper record.
“After the election of 2000 and the mid-term election — where stories of voter problems were not uncommon — we have to put an electoral system into place in which Americans can have full confidence,” said Graham. “This legislation will take us one step further to ensure that every vote really counts and we do not have another debacle like the 2000 election.”
Key provisions of the legislation include:
- Requiring that all voting systems produce voter-verified paper records for use in manual audits
- Banning the use of undisclosed software and wireless communication devices in voting systems
- Requiring mandatory surprise recounts in .5 percent of both domestic and overseas jurisdictions.
- All voting systems would have to meet these requirements in time for the November 2004 election.
There is bi-partisan companion legislation already filed in the House. HR 2239 is sponsored by Representative Rush Holt, Democrat of New Jersey, and 94 other members.
Graham’s bill will be referred to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Support this legislation! The Senate bill is called S.1980, and the identical bill in the House of Representatives is called H.R.2239.
Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask their position on the bill. Here is a link to a page (sponsored by VerifiedVoting.org) that will give you further information and easy ways to contact your legislators. Please do this now. Click here
In a democracy, vote fraud should not be tolerated. Every citizen deserves proof that their vote was counted correctly. Please contact your representatives in Congress. And feel free to share your views with The Progress Report!