THE LATEST ON HR 811–and what to do about it!

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HR811, the Holt Bill, is being discussed in the US House Rules Committee today. They will either amend it, end it, or release as is to the House Floor. The Rules Committee is chaired by Rep Louise Slaugher, D-NY. A good progressive, she doesn’t like the way Holt capitulated to Microsoft to keep all voting machine software undisclosed, trade secret. But NY Governor Eliot Spitzer cut a deal with Holt. If Holt adds an amendment exempting NY from the bill’s requirements so they can keep their old lever machines until 2010, NY delivers their votes to Holt for his bill.

NY Republicans are now committing to support the bill if Slaughter accepts their amendment. So what was formerly a DEM only bill now has some Repubs on board.

Activists are agitating for a DRE ban amendment. Some Dems on the Committee support this, but will never include it if they know the NY Repubs are on board, as the Repubs don’t want the DRE ban.

Let’s inundate the Rules Committee with opposition. They already know the bill is in trouble with the public. Let’s tell Ms. Slaughter and the rest that the NY amendment may be good for NY but bad for the country. We have a better idea.

Please take five minutes and send the attached FAX to every person on the Rules Committee. TODAY.

U.S. House Committee on Rules:
Main Number: 202-225-9091

Democrats:

LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER (NY) – CHAIRWOMAN
http://www.louise.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=vi ew&id=39&Itemid=84
Phone: (202) 225-3615
Fax: (202) 225-7822

JAMES P. McGOVERN (MA)
http://mcgovern.house.gov/?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2
Phone: (202) 225-6101
Fax: (202) 225-5759

ALCEE L. HASTINGS (FL)

http://www.alceehastings.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60&Itemid=30
Tel: (202) 225-1313
Fax: (202) 225-1171

DORIS O. MATSUI (CA)
Phone: (202) 225-7163
Fax: (202) 225-0566

DENNIS CARDOZA, (CA)
http://www.house.gov/cardoza/biography.shtml
Phone: (202) 225-6131
Fax: 202-225-0819
800-356-6424

PETER WELCH, (VT)
http://www.welch.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie w&id=23&Itemid=61
Phone:(202) 225-4115

KATHY CASTOR (FL)
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652

MICHAEL ARCURI (NY)
Phone: 202-225-3665
Fax: 202-225-1891

BETTY SUTTON (OH)
Phone: (202) 225-3401
Fax: (202) 225-2266

Republicans:

DAVID DREIER (CA) – Ranking Minority Member
Office (202) 225-2305
Fax (202) 225-7018

LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART (FL)
Phone: (202) 225-4211

DOC HASTINGS (WA)
Phone: (202) 225-5816
Fax: (202) 225-3251

PETE SESSIONS (TX)
(202) 225-2231
(202) 225-5878 fax

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