Key Senate Committee to Hold E-Voting Reform Hearing

With news that Representative Holt’s e-voting reform legislation has stalled (reported in New York Times) attention turns to the Senate this week as it holds a hearing on Senator Feinstein’s e-voting reform legislation. On Wednesday at 10:00 AM, the Senate Rules Committee will hold its first hearing on the Senator’s legislation S. 1487 — The Ballot Integrity Act.

The Senator’s bill is similar in many respects to Representative Holt’s legislation. However, it has some notable differences including a deadline of 2010 (instead of 2008) for replacing Direct Recording Electronic machines with ones that have durable voter-verified paper ballots, more comprehesive software disclosure requirements, and a more flexible auditing scheme for conducting post-election audits.

The hearing should be webcast. You can find the link here, and here is the witness list:

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States Senate

Panel 1:
The Honorable Deborah L. Markowitz
Vermont Secretary of State
Past President, National Association of Secretaries of State
Montpelier, VT

Mr. George N. Gilbert
Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
Greensboro, NC

Ms. Wendy Noren
Boone County Clerk
Columbia, MO
Representing National Association of Counties

Dr. Michael I. Shamos
Professor, School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Ray Martinez
Policy Adviser, The Pew Center on the States
Former Member, Election Assistance Commission
Austin, TX

Panel 2:
Ms. Mary Wilson
President
League of Women Voters
Washington, DC

Mr. Doug Lewis
Executive Director
The Election Center
Houston, TX

Ms. Tanya Clay House
Director of Public Policy
People for the American Way
Washington, DC

We have not heard when the Senate Rules Committee may take up Senator Feinstein’s legislation, but we don’t expect action before the August recess.

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