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Rush Holt, D, NJ and sponsor of HR 550 Says Hang on to those Touch Screens for a While, why don't ya. Rush, we actually use the internet here in the DC area. Did you think we wouldn't notice?
I support two of the three voting rights bills Rush Holt has before the House of Representatives. They concern intimidation and election fraud through deception and misleading practices. However, I simply can't understand why Hold insists on these loser Voter Verified Paper Ballots. The NIST staff staid it so well, I don't need to repeat why these are a simply awful idea.
Democracy is on the line in the next election. If we think that the republicans are going to hide out for long, we're wrong. Therefore, we have just a little time to get to real, verifiable voting systems which means paper ballots. That's the best option right now and that's what the public wants.
What does Holt do? According to reporting from NorthJersey.Com (Herald News, 12/02/06). Holt was very clear.
As for the Ocean County situation, Shafer said it was an isolated incident. Sequoia audited its machines in the county to assure officials' confidence in the results.
"They got the results that they expected to get," she said.
To Stuart Hutchison of Wayne, who was in the audience, there was an easy solution to all of the digital complications.
"We ought to look at doing away with the machines and have paper-only balloting," Hutchinson said.
But Holt said that now was "not a time to switch to paper balloting" due to the millions of dollars counties had already spent on electronic voting systems.
This is typical. Those who have sincerely sought a solution for digital disruption of our elections system are so into the "bits and bytes" they can't climb out. The audience members know -- dump the lousy machines. The cost of converting to paper is a lot cheaper than another Katrina or Iraq War.
Why don't the politicians know that?