The Right to Vote

Effort to Ban Paperless Voting Machines Advances Out of House Administration Committee

Holt Bill Would Fix Voting Machine Problems before Next Presidential Election, Prevent another Sarasota

Voting rights advocates scored a significant victory today when legislation addressing voting machine problems advanced out of the House Committee on Administration by a 6 to 3 vote.

DC Residents One Step Closer to Full Representation

Today, the House passed the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 (H.R. 1905), a long overdue bill that would give D.C.’s member of Congress full voting power in the U.S. House. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas released the following statement:

“We celebrate this enormous victory for the District of Columbia and for democracy. We congratulate D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and her lead cosponsor Representative Tom Davis of Virginia for their hard work and determination.

AAMIA Chair Rev. Tim McDonald Joins 40-Member Delegation of Political Leaders to Monitor Nigeria’s Elections

Delegation to be led by Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

African American Ministers in Action (AAMIA) Chair Rev. Timothy McDonald will join a 40-member delegation of political leaders, voting experts and regional observers from Africa and other continents to monitor Nigeria’s National Assembly and presidential elections on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

People For the American Way Praises Committee Approval of Deceptive Practices Bill

PFAW activists will push House to outlaw attempts to deceive and intimidate voters

Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted to outlaw dirty campaign tricks designed to mislead and intimidate voters, tactics that continue to mar elections across the country. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas applauded committee approval of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 and praised the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Rahm Emanuel and John Conyers.

PFAW and PFAW Foundation Laud Introduction of ‘Count Every Vote Act’ By Clinton in Senate and Tubbs Jones in House

Comprehensive Election Reform Measure Creates Hope for Fairer, More Secure Elections in 2008



Ralph Neas and Hillary Clinton at the press conference announcing CEVA on March 7, 2007
Click here to read the full text of the House version of the bill

People For the American Way Commends Introduction of the Deceptive Practices And Voter Intimidation Prevention Act in the House

People For the American Way (PFAW) President Ralph G. Neas today commended the introduction of the “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act” by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, saying the measure deserves immediate attention from members in both chambers of Congress. Representatives Rahm Emanuel, Rush Holt, Xavier Becerra, Mike Honda, and Keith Ellison are the principal cosponsors of the legislation. Senators Barack Obama and Charles Schumer introduced the Senate version of the bill in January, along with a strong list of original cosponsors.

Secretary of State’s FL-13 Audit Report Whitewashes Clear Evidence of Voting Machine Problems in Sarasota

Report fails to account for eyewitness testimony pointing to machine malfunction; flawed audit process may be responsible

TALLAHASSEE—An audit report released by the Florida Secretary of State’s office regarding Sarasota County’s November election debacle came under fire shortly after its release today.

Representative Rush Holt Introduces Election Reform Legislation

Rep. Holt’s bill requires the following for ALL federal elections starting in 2008:
• Paper Ballots—ALL voting machines must produce a paper ballot
• Audits—ALL voting machines must be auditable
• No Secret Source Code—ALL voting machine vendors MUST make the machines’ software available for inspection
• Ban on Wireless Devices—Prohibits wireless technology in voting machines

Obama Legislation Would Protect Voting Rights

Senator introduces proposal to ban 'deceptive practices'

Barack Obama

Barack Obama and Tanya Clay House

Ralph G. Neas
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