Holt Bill Loses House Vote, Future in Doubt
HR 5036, a bill that would provide resources for jurisdictions to purchase paper-based voting systems for the 2008 elections, was voted down in the House on Tuesday. The bill was considered under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass. It fell short, 239-178. Bill opponents criticized the cost of the bill and claimed the program is redundant. USACM commented favorably on the legislation in a letter we sent to Rep. Holt earlier this year. With the 2008 elections quickly approaching, it would appear that the window of opportunity for this bill is closing fast. House leadership could reconsider the bill, but early indications are that this will not happen.