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We Must Get Voting Right PDF  | Print |  Email
By U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ)   
July 26, 2008
The following letter was published in the July 26, 2008 edition of the New York Times.

To the Editor:

Re “Influx of Voters Likely to Test New Machines” (front page, July 21):

The ability to vote is the most important right, as it is the right through which citizens secure all other rights. In recent years doubts about whether every vote counts and is counted have grown to a high level.

As your article reminds us, the 2008 election will be historic, and it comes on the heels of two highly controversial presidential elections and numerous controversial local elections. This time, we must get it right.

It is time we stopped using elections as beta tests for unreliable electronic voting machines. Despite failed attempts so far, Congress should still pass a national standard requiring that all voters can record their votes on paper (either manually or with the use of ballot marking devices) and that in every election, randomly selected precincts be audited. 
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