For Immediate Release More than 200 election reform advocates from 25 states expected in DC for a two-day lobbying blitz in support of voter-verifiable paper trail

Posted on June 7, 2005

Common Cause

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Rock the Vote

Working Assets

WHO: Common Cause, Electronic Frontier Foundation,, VoteTrustUSA,, Rock the Vote, Working Assets and election reform advocates from across the country.

WHAT: More than 200 citizen activists concerned with election 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 verifiable paper trail that could be inspected by voters prior to their votes being cast. The activists are coming from at least 25 states and represent 80 congressional districts. They have at least 80 meetings scheduled on Capitol Hill.

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: June 9 and 10

WHERE: (June 9), activist training, 9 a.m. to noon, Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC, meetings with members of Congress and staff, noon to 6 p.m., Capitol Hill office buildings

(June 10), press conference with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), HC-7, Capitol, 10:00am, activists blogging and media availability, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., HC-7, additional lobbying visits, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Voting and Elections

Tags: Registration and Voting Systems

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