Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

People for the American Way Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Recurring machine errors, like those in Sarasota, Florida, inadequate poll worker training, and serious security flaws with both the machines and their vote-tabulating software are enormous threats to the integrity of American elections. Congressman Rush Holt has reintroduced legislation, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, that would prevent such problems in the future. The Holt bill, which already has 191 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House, would make paper ballots or voter-verifiable paper trails the ballots of record in all federal elections, and require all voting technology to be audited and accessible. The time is now for Congress to act on this legislation; if it becomes law this year, it will help to prevent another Sarasota—or something far worse—in 2008. YOU can speak out against this injustice now by contacting your Representative and asking him or her to support the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007.”

[Editor’s Note: Prior to the People for the American Way’s 2007 Con position statement made above, People for the American Way’s position was Pro electronic voting machines as indicated in the document below.]

“Take Action, Tell Congress: Fix the Machines!” www.pfaw.org (accessed June 15, 2007)

“People For the American Way believes that DREs are the best available voting systems at this time.”

“Protecting the Integrity and Accessibility of Voting in 2004 and Beyond” (PDF) provided in an email to ProCon.org on March 2004

Description:

People for the American Way is an advocate for the values and institutions that sustain a diverse democratic society.

Mission:

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Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in Effect Mandate the Use of Electronic Voting Machines?