[...] The House resolution, sponsored by Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, would require not only paper trails, but also random audits of the machines’ vote counts, and it would ban the use of undisclosed software. The bill, H.R. 550, has 135 co-sponsors, but it needs more support, especially from Republicans.
The lobbying effort that wraps up today – which is supported by groups like Common Cause and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – is aimed at winning that backing. Every member of Congress who cares about American democracy should get behind Mr. Holt’s bill.
More information about EFF’s efforts on behalf of H.R. 550 can be found on Deep Links, their weblog.
Readers may recall that ACM issued a statement in 2004 calling for voter-verifiable physical records in electronic voting systems and improved reliability, security, and verifiability of public elections.