June 9, 2005 | By Matt Zimmerman

Release the Hounds

How does one become a voting lobbyist? Enthusiastic activists from 26 states are just now finishing up three hours of training from event coordinators that included a briefing on HR 550 and similar Senate legislation, a run-down on how to conduct a successful and effective meeting with Congressional staff, media training, and more. All volunteers received a master schedule of who they have been assigned to meet with and when meetings with Congressional staff will occur. Meetings with over 80 members of Congress, designed to push for passage of the nation's best paper trail bill, now begin.

Bill proponents aren't going into the meetings empty handed. Extensive background materials (prepared by EFF, VerifiedVoting.org, Voters Unite, and others) discussing the bill, the problem with the current generation of paperless voting systems, who supports voter-verified paper records, and other topics are being distributed to members of Congress as I write this.

Click here to tell your member of Congress to support HR 550!

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