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Take Action: Contact Congress to Ban Electronic Ballots!
Because a ballot shouldn't be a secret from the voter who cast it.
There are many good provisions in the new election reform bill (HR 811 introduced by Congressman Rush Holt D-NJ), called the “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007.” There is significant momentum in the U.S. House to pass the bill as written; and it is on a "fast-track".
BUT, the bill allows the continued use of electronic "ballots" (invisible data on a computer) as the ballots of record. Democracy demands that voters can know the selections on their own ballots. This means -- regardless of whether ballots are counted by optical scanner, by hand, or by some other method -- all ballots must initially be cast on paper and only paper – no electronic ballots, which keep the ballot secret from the voter.
We are not seeking to "kill" the bill, but to gain support for an amendment banning electronic ballots and the use of Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines, which create them. We believe we have a chance!
Here's what you can do: Call five or more Representatives each day and urge them to support an amendment to Holt's election reform bill that would ban electronic ballots.
The list of members is below. Don't limit yourself to your own Representative. Call those in other districts and even in other states.
After you have called a group of them (5, 10, or so), send us an email telling us who and how many you contacted. We'll update this page with the number as it grows.