HR 811 ("Holt Bill") Resource Page


H.R. 811 Resource Page

Click here for the Halt 811 Action Page

UPDATE: HR 811 "Floor Manager" Revisions, July 27
Click here to open and download PDF
Click here to read critical annotation of the revised 811, by Nancy Tobi

New Feature: Legislative Bill Tracker (at right) from Congress.org connects to a variety of resources on the HR 811 bill. We recommend you try it out! Please note, however, that the Floor Manager Revision (above) is the current version of HR 811, despite what the Congressional resources that the tracker links to, say. Unfortunately, online Congressional reports about the public's business (such as Thomas.gov, the official Congressional legislative website) lag weeks behind reality. Also, the official web sources still inaccurately claim 220 co-sponsors for HR 811. This figure is incorrect, and does not reflect the increasing numbers of Representatives who have withdrawn their sponsorship of HR 811.
UPDATE: Text of Amended Holt Bill Released May 8th by House Committee on Administration
Click here to open and download PDF

UPDATE: Letter to Congress Urging No on HR 811
by Theresa Hommel

UPDATE: Congress About to Say 'Yes' to Permanent, Secret Vote Counting
by Nancy Tobi

UPDATE: Call for Open, Public Debate on HR 811
by Nancy Tobi

UPDATE: Five-Point Legislative Alternative
by Nancy Tobi

Related Links:
Statement on Election Reform by NASS (National Assoc. of Secretaries of State)
NASS Resolution on Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

UPDATE: Clause-by-Clause Analysis
of the Amended Holt Bill of May 8 (the "Lofgren Substitute") by Nancy Tobi

UPDATE: EAC Takes Aim at Paper Ballots
by Nancy Tobi

Click here for (Pre-Amendment) Text of H.R. 811 (as published on 02/05/07)

Thirteen Significant Problems in H.R. 811, the New Holt Bill

by Nancy Tobi


HR 811: Ten Blunders in A Deceptive Boondoggle

By Bruce O'Dell


Son of Holt, No Better

Critical Annotation of H.R. 811 by Bev Harris.


State (NCSL) and County (NACo) Election Administrators' Joint Statement of Opposition to H.R. 811

Request by Voters to Amend the Holt Bill

The "Request by Voters" is a nationally distributed appeal to Congress for needed election reforms proposed by the election integrity movement. Election Defense Alliance joins many other organizations in endorsing these proposals for effective legislative reform, to correct the damage wrought by HAVA and to amend or replace well-intentioned but seriously misguided proposals currently present in the "Holt Bill" (H.R. 550).


We are asking for your support of our Request by Voters, and for permission to add your name to our letter to Congress. Please respond with your affirmation of support TODAY by visiting this link to add your name and organization (if applicable) to the petition:

http://www.wethepatriots.org/HAVA/requestbyvoters.php


Election Reform/HR 811 Hearings, House Committee on Administration

 HR 811 The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007
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HR 6414

Companion measure to HR 811 containing audit provisions extracted from HR 811


http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/HR6414_Analysis_Dopp


Analyses of EAC:

Danger of centralized, federal executive control over elections

http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/abolish_eac

http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/eac_gopher_bash
Futility of "certification" of voting machines

EAC Certification as a Ponzi Scheme: Summary
EAC Voting Equipment Certification as a Ponzi Scheme

2 attachments

Analysis of Certification Timelines

The proposed Holt Bill (HR 811) attempts to require a text converter in every precinct


Letters and Testimony by Election Officials Opposing HR 811

The Election Center

Boone County, Missouri writes Congress in opposition to Holt Bill

President of Access for the Handicapped, writes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill

Maryland Election Officials write Congress in opposition to Holt Bill

Chris Nelson, South Dakota Secretary of State writes to Congress in opposition to Holt bill

New Jersey emails Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill

Texas County Clerk faxes Congress in opposition to Holt Bill

Ohio faxes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill

NH faxes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill

California faxes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill

NH faxes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill (#2)

California faxes Congress in opposition to the Holt Bill (#2)


Thanks to Kathy Dopp of NEDA/USCountVotes for Providing these Links to Selected Articles

"Fool Me Once: Checking Vote Count Integrity"
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/TierElectionAuditEval.pdf

DeForest Soaries says that "EAC and Federal efforts for election reform 'A Charade,' 'Travesty'!
 http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-6.htm#soaries

"Why not Re-Authorize the EAC"
http://electionarchive.net/docs_other/EAC-DoNotReauthorize.pdf

"The US Election Assistance Commission Has Not Done its Job"
http://www.votersunite.org/info/TestimonyTheisen03-13-07.pdf

Voting System Software Disclosure.pdf
David Wagner - testimony before the House Admin committee
http://electionarchive.net/docs_other/HearingTestimony/wagner.pdf

"Critical changes are needed to HR811"
http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/ChangesNeeded2HR811.pdf

"What's Wrong with Holt II (HR 811)" by Bev Harris of Black Box Voting

http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/page.php?a=30554

"New Version of Holt Bill: A Giant Step Backwards"
by Nancy Tobi of Democracy for New Hampshire
http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/page.php?a=30486

"Essential Revisions to HR811"
By John Gideon, Voters Unite, February 27, 2007
http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/2007-02-27-08-16-39-news.php

HR811 Review by Marian Beddill
http://noleakybuckets.org/holt811/holt811detail.shtml/



5-Point Alternative Proposal for Meaningful Election Legislation with Checks and Balances
Plus Incentives for Real Paper Ballots and Hand Counts

1.  In support of the principle of checks and balances and citizen oversight:
Require that Paper Ballots be Offered and Provided Voters at the Polls—
The appropriate election official at each polling place in an election for Federal office shall offer each individual who is eligible to cast a vote in the election at the polling place the opportunity to cast the vote using a pre-printed paper ballot which the individual may mark by hand and which is not produced by a direct recording electronic voting machine. If the individual accepts the offer to cast the vote using such a ballot, the official shall provide the individual with the ballot and the supplies necessary to mark the ballot, and shall ensure (to the greatest extent practicable) that the waiting period for the individual to cast a vote is not greater than the waiting period for an individual who does not agree to cast the vote using such a paper ballot under this paragraph.

Jurisdictions will ensure that a sufficient supply of paper ballots be available, that notice of the option is provided, that the ballots are treated with equal dignity provided to other ballots, including canvassing/counting those ballots on election day, and that consequences are provided for violations. In the event of violations related to the provision, canvassing, and handling of paper ballots, any citizen eligible to vote in the jurisdiction will have standing to go to court to require compliance and authority for the court to grant immediate relief. Funding for training and documentation for election officials and election workers in the proper hand counting methods and election administration using paper ballots will be appropriated to support this provision. Prior to election certification, appropriate protocols must be implemented to ensure the integrity of election results as authenticated by transparent vote counting methods.

(Compliance to be determined by each state in a state plan process that supports the standards for democratic elections, those being citizen oversight and security, and which process includes diverse stakeholders group including citizen representation, published plans, and consequences for noncompliance. State Plans will be published in the Federal Register.)

Effective Date State Plan: February, 2008

Effective Date Implementation: General Election November 2008


2.  In support of the principle of fiscal responsibility and stabilization of state governmental administration, checks and balances and citizen oversight:

BUYOUT funding for states wishing to replace DRE systems with paper-based voting systems.
(BUYOUT funding can be applied to paper ballot, optical scan voting systems, paper ballot, hand count systems, or a combination thereof. In the case of buyout funding as applied to hand count systems, training costs may be included.)

(Compliance to be determined by each state in a state plan process that supports the standards for democratic elections, those being citizen oversight and security, and which process includes diverse stakeholders group including citizen representation, published plans, and consequences for noncompliance. State Plans will be published in the Federal Register.)
Effective Date: February, 2008


3. In support of the principle of checks and balances:
Dissolution of EAC and reallocation of its functional responsibilities to appropriate representational groups (as described below)

Effective Date: January 2008


4.  In support of the principle of fiscal responsibility and stabilization of state governmental administration:
Prohibition on any additional unfunded mandates being added into the bill

Effective Date:  Upon passage

5. In support of the ninth amendment that no single right can trample or trounce others: Appropriations for real study, with real stakeholders including citizen representation and broad range of disability activists, election officials, and other solution makers, to find consensus, practical, implementable solutions to support the often conflicting voting rights of citizen oversight, security, accuracy, and accessibility.

Effective Date:  Upon passage


Reallocation of EAC Responsibilities:

  • Generate technical guidance on the administration of federal elections.
    – HAND OVER TO NIST & STANDARDS BOARD WITH CITIZEN REPRESENTATION
  • Produce voluntary voting systems guidelines.
    – HAND OVER TO NIST & STANDARDS BOARD WITH CITIZEN REPRESENTATION
  • Research and report on matters that affect the administration of federal elections.
      – HAND OVER TO STANDARDS BOARD & CITIZENS GROUP
  • Otherwise provide information and guidance with respect to laws, procedures, and technologies affecting the administration of Federal elections.
    – HAND OVER TO STANDARDS BOARD & CITIZENS GROUP
  • Administer payments to States to meet HAVA requirements.
    – HAND OVER TO GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
  • Provide grants for election technology development and for pilot programs to test election technology. 
    – ELIMINATE THIS FUNCTION.
  • Manage funds targeted to certain programs designed to encourage youth participation in elections.
    – HAND OVER TO DEPT. OF EDUCATION
  • Develop a national program for the testing,certification, and decertification of voting systems. 
    – HAND OVER TO NIST & STANDARDS BOARD WITH CITIZEN REPRESENTATION
  • Maintain the national mail voter registration form that was developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), report to Congress every two years on the impact of the NVRA on the administration of federal elections, and provide information to States on their responsibilities under that law. 
    – HAND BACK TO FEC
  • Audit persons who received federal funds authorized by HAVA from the General Services Administration or the Election Assistance Commission.
    – HAND OVER TO GSA, USING INSPECTOR GENERAL
  • Submit an annual report to Congress describing EAC activities for the previous fiscal year.
    – HAND OVER AS APPROPRIATE TO ENTITIES PICKING UP FUNCTIONS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE
  • Certification, recertification and decertification of voting machines - DELEGATE TO THE STATES