HR 811 moves toward vote–but what of Rep. Davis' amendment?

That amendment would radically cut back the use of DRE machines…


Will House Leaders Duck Debate on Electronic Voting Compromise?
By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet_Posted on September 17, 2007, Printed on September 17, 2007

The House is expected to vote on a bill regulating electronic voting machines for the first time this week. However, it is unclear if the Democratic leadership will allow debate on a key amendment to limit the controversial touch-screen voting equipment to one machine per precinct.

“I don’t have an answer for you,” Nadeam Elshami, deputy communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said late Friday, when asked whether Democratic leaders will allow the amendment proposed by Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., to come before the House. “I have no way of knowing. This is a comprehensive bill. This is a process that is moving.”

The bill, H.R. 811, or the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, would regulate electronic voting systems for the first time by imposing new security, vote verification and audit requirements for their use. The bill would not ban paperless voting machines as many election integrity activists have wanted, but require a paper printout of each vote cast to be reviewed by voters before being electronically counted.

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