[E-voting] Washington Citizens Unite to Pass Voter-Verified Paper Record Bill

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Thu May 5 11:25:27 IST 2005


Note that there's a mandatory audit of 4% of the machines in every 
election.  Not optimal, but lots better than nothing.

Catheirne

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*Washington Voter-Verified Paper Record Bill*



Thursday, 5 May 2005, 2:03 pm

Press Release: www.votersunite.org <http://www.votersunite.org>

For Immediate Release

*Washington Citizens Unite to Pass Voter-Verified Paper Record Bill*



Port Ludlow, WA. May 4, 2005. VotersUnite.Org is very happy to announce 
the end of a successful and long fought campaign to help ensure accurate 
and verifiable elections in the state of Washington. Yesterday, May 3, 
Governor Christine Gregoire signed ESSB-5395 into law. This bill 
guarantees a voter verified paper ballot on all electronic voting 
machines used in the state. It also requires an audit of 4% of those 
machines.

Some citizens, like Linda Franz and Marian Beddill of Whatcom Fair 
Voting and Citizens for Voting Integrity - Washington, have been working 
on this issue for over three years. This new law is a credit to their 
perseverance and dedication to open and fair elections. Linda has 
traveled from the far north in the state to Olympia many times to 
testify before legislative committees. Marian has worked diligently with 
other groups to ensure that when it was time to make phone calls or send 
email, the help was there.

"If it hadn't been for the hard work and dedication to open and fair 
elections shown by a small group of voters in the far north of the state 
we never would have gotten this bill written, let alone passed and 
signed by the Governor," said John Gideon of VotersUnite.Org ( 
http://www.votersunite.org)and Vote Trust USA ( 
http://www.votetrustusa.org). John has been lobbying legislators for 
over a year, also making long trips to Olympia, and writing letters 
repeatedly since the beginning of this session.

Once the bill was introduced, Citizens for Voting Integrity - 
Washington, Whatcom Fair Voting, VotersUnite.Org, and many other 
concerned voters from many Washington counties joined forces to let 
their legislators know that they expected verifiable elections in 
Washington.

VotersUnite.Org also thanks VerifiedVoting.org ( 
http://www.verifiedvoting.org) who stepped up and alerted their 
volunteers to the need to make phone calls when the last push was needed 
to get the bill out of the state House.

The text of the bill is here: 
http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Htm/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislatu 
re/5395-S.PL.htm 
<http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Htm/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/5395-S.PL.htm> 


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Contacts: John Gideon jgideon at votersunite.org 
<mailto:jgideon at votersunite.org> Ellen Theisen ellen at votersunite.org 
<mailto:ellen at votersunite.org>

www.votersunite.org <http://www.votersunite.org> and 
www.votetrustusa.org <http://www.votetrustusa.org>

VotersUnite! is a national non-partisan organization dedicated to fair 
and accurate elections. It focuses on distributing well-researched 
information to elections officials, elected officials, the media, and 
the public; as well as providing activists with information they need to 
work toward transparent elections in their communities.

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