Saturday, October 08, 2005

''We Can Prevent A 2006 GOP Congressional Coup!''

"I have written on legislation coming up for mark up in the House Administration committee addressing the verifiability of the vote previously, and have an update. The Kos community can make some major noise about this and I hope that we do!

To summarize:

Earlier this week, hundreds of you dedicated Kosmopolitans took the time to contact your Congressional Representatives asking them to support and pass HR 550, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act.

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) has now introduced an alternative bill, HR 3910, that will further muck up our ability to have a verified vote, all the while conveniently allowing for Republican cover for vote tally manipulation, voter disenfranchisement and fraud. HR 3910 is cynical, flawed legislation that will lead to further voter disenfranchisement, and do nothing to increase the accountability of our elections. It has a neat little "RealID" requirement tucked away in it as well. Sweet, huh.


HR 3910 does nothing to address the biggest issue of e-voting: The fact that anyone, regardless of party, can currently hack the vote if they have a wireless Internet connection and Access Database software. HR 550 does address this concern. Even given no possibility of fraud, the fact is that the DRE machines many of us, like it or not, will be using to vote in upcoming elections CAN AND DO FAIL. This is as non-partisan an issue as you can get.

An excellent website by fellow Kosmopolitan ms in la has here.

We need to put the pressure on while the issue of a verified vote is still in committee. Rush Holt, original sponsor of HR 550, has crafted the legislation. Now we need to get it out there and voted on. And PASSED, so that we can run as many corrupt Reps out in 2006 as possible. I don't see us ever gaining a majority again if this issue is not resolved.

Thanks for your help! Admin Committee members and contact info here."-from the post on Kos by Jennifer Clare. Thanks to Sharon Lynch for sending this along.

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