Today, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey announced a compromise that will advance H.R. 811, the “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007.” The bill bans paperless voting machines and requires a voter-verified paper record for every vote in the country.
People For the American Way (PFAW) today applauded U.S. House passage of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, which makes the practice of deceiving voters a felony that carries a penalty of up to $250,000 or five years in prison, and increases the criminal penalty for voter intimidation to five years imprisonment.
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.
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.
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.