June 8, 2005 | By Matt Zimmerman

Transparent Lobbying Meets Transparent Voting

Feel like your democracy is a bit opaque these days? Beginning tomorrow, EFF will help shed a little light in two interconnected ways. On Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, EFF will provide a series of weblog reports of a two-day lobbying effort by a coalition of activist groups fighting for transparent, auditable electronic voting.

The lobbying blitz is aimed at supporting HR 550, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act. This law would require electronic voting systems used in federal elections to generate a paper trail that could be verified by voters prior to their votes being cast (for more information, check out EFF's action alert). The coalition includes Common Cause, VerifiedVoting.org, VoteTrustUSA, Voters United, Rock the Vote, Working Assets, and other election-reform advocates.

More than 200 citizen activists from 25 states have signed up for the blitz and have already set up over 80 meetings with their representatives. On Friday, the coalition will hold a press conference with the bill's sponsor, Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), to report on the event's progress. EFF intends to provide feedback from activists, Congressional staffers, and event coordinators to bring the public into the process as much as possible.

Stay tuned...


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