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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blog for Iowa: Calls for Verifiable Voting

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson issued a call for a verifiable
election in 2008. Governor Richardson's essay urging passage of HR 811
was published Monday in the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill:
http://thehill.com/op-eds/a-reliable-verifiable-vote-in-2008-2007-06-19.html.
Take a moment to thank him for his leadership on verifiable elections,
and sign a petition to members of Congress to pass HR 811. Mr.
Richardson knows something about making big changes to voting systems:
in 2006 he oversaw New Mexico's conversion to a statewide paper ballot
system in a matter of months. HR 811, near a vote in the House, will
require voter-verified paper ballots and mandatory random hand audits
by 2008. Computer scientists who study voting systems have concluded
that these measures are crucial to protecting the vote. Unless federal
legislation passes, at least 13 states are likely to use paperless
electronic voting, either exclusively or extensively, in the 2008
election. Iowans can play an important role in protecting the 2008
vote.

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