Brad Blog was all over it yesterday as Susan Davis (CA-53) sought to add an amendment to Rush Holt’s Election Reform Bill that would ban all DRE (Direct Recording Electronic) voting machines. The bill finished the day still in committee, so feel free to make some calls today urging support of the amendment. Target members of the Rules Committee to make sure it gets attached, and (to echo the call from BradBlog) let your own representative know they should insist on a DRE ban before voting for the bill. BradBlog also notes that the amendment has been endorsed by MoveOn, Verified Voting and VoteTrustUSA.
Davis’ office told BradBlog that the amendment was relying on Leadership and the Rules Committee allowing it. I think you’ve all met Nancy Pelosi already, you know where to find her. Louise Slaughter chairs the committee, and California members are Democrats Doris Matsui and Dennis Cardoza, and Republican David Dreier who serves as the ranking minority member of the committee. Leverage galore Californians.
For sure, much respect to Susan Davis for stepping up on this issue. Debra Bowen has deservedly gotten a lot of attention in California for spearheading an overhaul of the voting system, but now another Californian is kicking things up a notch at the national level.
Davis has been consistently good when it comes to protecting the integrity of elections. In March she introduced the Mail-In Ballot Tracking Act requiring states to provide, via phone and internet, tracking capabilities for mail-in ballots. She’s also been pushing the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act for several years. The bill would amend the Help America Vote Act by requiring all states to provide the option of vote-by-mail to everyone regardless of circumstance in federal elections.
All over California and the blogosphere we’ve been whipping up opposition to the Dirty Tricks Initiative, but there are many challenges to fair elections. There’s a chance for real reform to get shoved into the Holt Bill, so let’s hope for movement and see if we can’t help it along. And when you’re done, don’t forget to give Susan Davis props for standing up for democracy.