[E-voting] H.R.811 "To amend the Help America Vote Act etc." passes House Committee & KOA press

Joseph Kiniry kiniry at acm.org
Sat May 12 16:05:54 IST 2007

Hi all,

There has been some movement on HR 811 this week.

From: House waters down e-voting code disclosure rules
By Timothy B. Lee | Published: May 10, 2007 - 10:39PM CT


> On Tuesday, the House Committee on Administration approved Rush  
> Holt's (D-NJ) e-voting reform bill by a 6-3 vote. The vote broke  
> down along party lines, with the six Democrats supporting the  
> legislation, and the three Republicans opposing it.

and concludes with...

> Regardless of what happens in Congress, the developments in Florida  
> and California make it clear that the tide has turned in the debate  
> over e-voting. Until the 2006 elections, it was widely believed  
> that touchscreen voting was the wave of the future. Critics of  
> computerized voting faced an uphill battle convincing the public of  
> their dangers. Today, touchscreen voting machines are widely seen  
> as buggy and insecure—even anachronistic. It may take a few years  
> to completely phase out touchscreen voting machines, but the debate  
> is increasingly not over whether to phase them out, but when and  
> how to do so.


> H.R.811
> Title: To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a  
> voter-verified permanent paper ballot under title III of such Act,  
> and for other purposes.
> Sponsor: Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] (introduced 2/5/2007)       
> Cosponsors (212)
> Related Bills: S.559
> Latest Major Action: 5/8/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions.  
> Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.

On a related note, there has been some recent press coverage of our  
scientist activist and consulting work against e-voting and on our  
KOA platform as a foundation for e-voting research.  A more detailed  
article will be forthcoming in the national Irish press in the coming  

   Software project aims to erase e-voting fog
   Researchers craft open-source voting software that could be  
     for future secure systems.
   Jeremy Kirk
   PC World and republished via dozens of venues

Joseph Kiniry
School of Computer Science and Informatics
University College Dublin

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