March 29, 2009

EI groups weighing in on Holt bill

Check out CVI's "2009 Holt Bill" tab for a sampling of reactions from election integrity advocates to Rep. Holt's "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessiblity Act of 2009."

March 24, 2009

PA photo ID bill (SB 514) reprieve

Senator Charles McIlhinney (Bucks, PA) writes, "Given the concerns that have been expressed on this legislation, I have decided to delay further action on this bill until we have an opportunity to thoroughly review and discuss this legislation to address many of these concerns." Full text of the letter. Thank you, Senator McIlhinney! See also "Voter ID bill taken off table," Intelligencer, March 24, 2009.

March 20, 2009

Proposed Pennsylvania “Photo ID” Bill

Scoop: Proposed Pennsylvania “Photo ID” Bill, March 20, 2009. "A coalition of voting rights organizations expressed alarm over a proposed Pennsylvania bill that seeks to require all voters to show photo identification at every election. The voting rights advocates, including Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization with voter protection efforts in Pennsylvania, strongly oppose the legislation, and urge state policymakers to challenge the bill and hold public hearings before taking any action to move this legislation forward." Read more.

Tell your state senator to oppose photo ID bill

The Coalition for Voting Integrity urges all Pennsylvanians to contact their state senators and ask them to oppose SB 514. Senator Charles McIlhinney can be reached toll-free in Harrisburg at 1-866-739-8600 or at 1-717-787-7305 or; Doylestown office: 22 So. Main St., Suite 200, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-489-5000, fax 215-489-5200; other senators at

March 19, 2009

PA LWV "strongly opposed" to voter ID bill

A letter outlining the strong opposition of the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters to voter ID Senate Bill 514 was addressed to the Honorable Charles McIlhinney, chair of the Senate State Government Committee, and hand-delivered to its members on March 19, 2009. Text of the letter. Senate Bill 514.

PA voter ID bill opposed

Groups announce opposition to voter ID requirement, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 18, 2009. The twenty or so groups "include the ACLU, the Black Political Empowerment Project, Common Cause, Democracy Rising Pennsylvania, the NAACP National Voter Fund, Just Harvest, the Disability Voting Coalition and the SEIU State Council" as well as the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the Coalition for Voting Integrity.

March 9, 2009

Inquirer re Sequoia electronic voting machines

Editorial: Electronic Voting Machines, Philadelphia Inquirer, 02/28/2009

"...It's beyond clear now that the Sequoia Voting Systems machines in use in most New Jersey counties -- and some in Pennsylvania, includingMontgomery County -- were an expensive mistake at best...."

March 8, 2009

New Version of Holt's Election Reform Bill

The BRAD BLOG: New Version of Holt's Election Reform Bill Would Institutionalize Touch-Screen Voting, Secret Software: "New Version of Holt's Election Reform Bill Would Institutionalize Touch-Screen Voting, Secret Software
Bill 'improved' to require paper ballots, but they may be marked or printed by computer devices which offer most of the same dangers as current Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) devices...
Additional concerns remain in the previously-defeated, newly-rewritten draft version of the landmark legislation..."

CVI's March 7, 2009, Fun-Raiser Raising money, awareness for voting integrity, by Gary Weckselblatt, Bucks County Courier Times/Intelligencer, March 8, 2009.

March 3, 2009

German Court Rules E-Voting Unconstitutional

German Court Rules E-Voting Unconstitutional, Germany, Deutsche Welle, 03.03.2009

"Germany's highest court has ruled that the use of electronic voting in the last general election was unconstitutional. . . . The use of electronic voting was challenged by a father-and-son team. Political scientist Joachim Wiesner and son, physicist Ulrich Wiesner complained that push button voting was not transparent because the voter could not see what actually happened to his vote inside the computer and was required to place 'blind faith' in the technology. . . . German hacker-cum-data-protection group Chaos Computer Club has been spearheading a campaign with the Dutch foundation Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet (We don't trust voting computers) to stop the further spread of electronic voting because of fears about the risk of electronic errors and the potential for abuse."