Status in the 110th Congress

Several bills have introduced to address electoral reform and the integrity of the electoral process. A few examples are detailed below.

On February 5, 2007, Representative Rush Holt (D-12th NJ) introduced the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 (H.R. 811). H.R. 811 currently has 216 (224) cosponsors and awaits floor consideration in the House. It passed out of the House Administration Committee on May 8 by a 6-3 vote. This bill would amend HAVA to require voter-verified paper trails and increased security requirements such as random audits, federal certification of the technology used for registration lists, and paper ballots for districts unable to retrofit their current systems with voter-verified paper trails. The Senate companion to H.R. 811 is Senator Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) H.R. 2295, introduced on November 1. A related measure known as the Ballot Integrity Act of 2007 (S. 1487) was introduced May 24. While PFAW has worked to improve H.R. 811, PFAW strongly supports it and is a leader in advocating on behalf of its passage in the House.

On March 1, 2007, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced the Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act of 2007 (S. 730), which would, among other things, amend HAVA to require voter-verified audit trails, standardize the counting of provisional ballots, add same-day registration, and address the inequitable distribution of voting machines in low-income, minority districts. However, the bill does not require voter-verified audit trails until 2009. S. 730 has 1 cosponsor and awaits consideration by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. PFAW supported the House version of this bill during the 109th Congress.

On March 7, 2007 the Count Every Vote Act of 2007 (CEVA) was introduced by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the Senate (S. 804) and by Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-11th OH). S. 804 currently has 7 cosponsors and awaits consideration by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. H.R. 1381 has 20 cosponsors and awaits consideration in four House committees: House Administration, Judiciary, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. This comprehensive electoral reform package includes voter-verified audit trails no later than November 4, 2008, same-day voter registration, required early voting, statewide counting of provisional ballots, equitable distribution of voting systems, better enforcement of anti-voter intimidation laws, and felon re-enfranchisement. PFAW enthusiastically supports this legislation and is encouraging the use of this bill as a model for reform in the states.

Updated February 28, 2008

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