Letter in Support of Rep. Holt's Voter Confidence bill, HR 811

September 5, 2007

Dear Representative:

We are writing to express our support for HR 811, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 and the accompanying manager's amendment. We urge you to support its immediate passage.

Paperless electronic voting machines have proven reliability problems and present enormous security concerns. Yet currently eighteen states still deploy these paperless electronic voting machines. Should these machines malfunction - and there is every reason to think they will - - the absence of a paper record could again throw the process into chaos and election results into doubt. The General Accounting Office, the Carter Baker Commission on Election Reform and numerous computer security experts have indicated that a number of the risks associated with these machines can be mitigated if voter verifiable paper records of each vote are produced and these records are used to conduct mandatory routine audits. The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 will mandate these vital safeguards.

Our democracy will not function properly if voters don't believe election results. As long as paperless electronic voting machines are deployed, screen freezes, programming errors, software bugs, and the threat of security breaches will continue to mar the voting process, dampen voter confidence, and throw election results into question.

The ability to accurately count every vote cast is the bedrock of our democracy. We strongly urge you to support this legislation.


Bob Edgar

President and CEO

Common Cause

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