Election Reform Legislation

Existing Election Reform Proposals in Congress

2009 Analysis of US Rep. Rush Holt's H.R. 2894, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act

Rebuttal to the National Association of Counties' Concerns About H.R.811

Common Sense Voting

Please contact your Senators and Representative at http://www.house.gov and http://senate.gov to ask them to pass Representative Rush Holt's HR811 in the House and Senator Bill Nelson's Senate version, S559.

Here are Important Facts About "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act"

May 7, 2007 New York State Board of Election Co-Chair Douglas Kellner's Letter to Congress.

Representative Rush Holt proposed election reform legislation (HR811) that has 216 co-sponsors in the US House; and Senators Feinstein, Dodd, Sanders, Inouye, Obama, Brown, Leahy, Menendez, Kennedy, and Clinton have proposed election reform legislation (S147) in the Senate.

Twenty eight U.S. election reform groups support "The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007" (House Resolution 811) and Respond to the National Association of Counties' (NACo) concerns about H.R. 811.

Who are the groups opposing federal election reform? Would it surprise you to learn that their corporate members include voting machine vendors?

Amendment Suggestions for the "Ballot Integrity Act" (S1487) (In order of those most agreed-upon and important)

A reliable, verifiable vote in 2008, Presidential Candidate Governor Bill Richardson


HR 811: Separating Truth From Fiction in E-voting Reform Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 13, 2007

The Campaign for Secure Elections (HR811) Lawrence Norden, June 13, 2007

An Analysis of the Ballot Integrity Act (S1487)

Comparison of Federal Election Audit Proposals Compares HR811, S1487 audits with 99% success rate election audits, Kathy Dopp, June 11, 2007

Congressional Budget Office Analysis of Holt bill (HR811)


Important Facts about "HR811 - Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act"


Congress finally considers aggressive e-voting overhaul (HR811) in Ars Technica Timothy B. Lee, April 01, 2007

Support Clean Elections in 2008 - Support HR811


Please support the amended U.S. Representative Rush Holt's HR811 "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act" and its Senate companion bill S559 and contact your Senators to support its passage. Contact your Senator

Formerly HR811 had problems, most of which were amended in the final version:

“Critical changes are needed to HR811”

Suggested Amendments to HR811

“Fool Me Once: Checking Vote Count Integrity”

“Federal Audit Election Audit Costs”

“Avoid Another HAVA Train Wreck: Software Disclosure Requirements are a Good Long Term Goal but Need to Be Redrafted in Current Federal Election Integrity Legislation.”

David Wagner - testimony before the House Admin committee

“HR 811, A Deceptive Boondoggle -- 10 Blunders to Fix” by Bruce O’Dell


A Better Concept Proposal for Election Reform Legislation


One Page Overview of a State Election Reform Bill that has the goal of public oversight over elections and independent scientific post-election audits.

We recommend splitting current election reform legislation into several separate bills which each address a few topics .

Immediate Measures for True and Accurate Elections

1. Manual Post-Election Audits: Require sufficient verifiable manual audits of election results to ensure that outcomes are correct for all federal races. Provide funds for Audits and Auditable Voting Systems. Require replacement of paperless un-auditable voting systems. Require State Election Audit and Recount Committees, and create a U.S. Election Audit and Recount Committee whose functions would include approving election audit and recount procedures for federal elections; and setting standards and reasonable time frames for state auditable, audit, and voter service reports (see item #5 and definitions).

Model State Election Auditing Legislative Proposal

2. Security Precautions: Outlaw Wide Area Network connections to, and wireless capability in, voting equipment; prohibit voting or transferring any voted ballots through any electronic network; and require states to make their security procedures available for public review and input.

3. Prohibit Practices that Disenfranchise Voters

Sunshine Provisions and States’ Rights

4. Public Oversight Of Elections: The public can help to ensure the integrity of elections and audits and prevent voter disenfranchisement only if the public has Access to Election Data and Records: In reasonable time frames, require election officials to make publicly available in original paper and electronic form all election data and election records that could reveal fraud or errors in elections or are necessary to verify voter service reports and manual audits, prior to certification of results; and Public Right to Observe: Require jurisdictions to allow citizens to observe all aspects of elections. Election Monitoring Website: Create a GAO website for publicly displaying the auditable, audit, and voter service reports from the states.

5. Voter Service Reports: Require states to submit timely reports of detailed election data that can be used to measure voter disenfranchisement and voter service levels.


Long-Term Improvement Of Voting Systems

6. Require Voting Technology with Disclosed Software, Security, Audit-ability, Privacy, and Independent Ballot Verification for Voters with Disabilities: Allow ample time for standards-setting including public input and prioritization of possibly conflicting requirements; development of enforcement, testing, and monitoring systems; and for development, purchase, and training cycles; and for development and adoption of State Implementation Plans. To improve existing voting systems, the entire sequential process of setting standards, product development and implementation could take five to ten years, and federal requirements should enable jurisdictions to budget for voting equipment life-spans of at least 10 to 20 years.

One-Page Concept Proposal for Federal Election Reform Legislation

Election Integrity Advocates Support the Holt bill (HR811 and S559)

The US League of Women Voters on HR811

HR811 Would Require A Paper Trail, Larry Norden (May 24, 2007)

Fact vs. Fiction on Holt's Electronic Voting bill - HR 811, Lisa Pease, (May 2007)

"Passing judgment on HR 811: A classic case of "the blind men and the elephant", David Griscom (May 2007)

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