The Right to Vote

Agreement Reached to Move Holt Election Reform Bill

Best chance to give voters paper trails, confidence in voting in 2008 and beyond

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.

Hope For Fair 2008 Elections Renewed With House Passage of Deceptive Practices Legislation

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.

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
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