WHO: Common Cause, Electronic Frontier Foundation, True Majority, VerifiedVoting.org, VotersUnite.org, VoteTrustUSA.org, Working Assets and concerned voters from across the country.
WHAT: More than 200 voters concerned with electronic voting reform have signed up for a two-day lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill in support of H.R. 550, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act, which would require voting systems used in federal elections to generate a voter-verified paper record that could be inspected by voters prior to their votes being cast, and require random unannounced audits in 2 percent of the precincts in each state. The activists are coming from at least 30 states and have scheduled more than 100 lobbying visits with Capitol Hill offices.
The coalition will hold a lobbying training session for activists before they fan out across the Hill to lobby the House and Senate for legislation sponsored by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ). The second day of the visit will feature a press conference, blogging and radio interviews by activists and additional meetings with members of Congress.
WHEN: April 6 and 7
WHERE: (April 6), activist training, 9 a.m. to noon, Academy of Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW., 8th Floor, Washington, DC; lobby meetings with members of Congress and staff, noon to 6 p.m., Capitol Hill office buildings
(April 7), press conference with Reps. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and other members of Congress, Cannon Terrace (rain location RHOB 2168) 10:00am, activists blogging and media availability, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., RHOB 2168, additional lobbying visits, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I COUNT COALITION
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Voting and Elections
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