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New Jersey Voters Deserve Verifiable Elections PDF  | Print |  Email
By VerifiedVoting.org   
November 30, 2007
New Jersey's election system is at a crucial crossroads. This Monday, December 3, two important bills will be heard by the New Jersey Senate Government Committee.

 

One, S. 507, will improve the system by requiring audits of every election, as a safeguard to help ensure the accuracy of the vote count. Introduced by Senator Nia Gill, S. 507 mandates random selection of a statistically significant percentage of all election districts' voter-verified paper records (and of all absentee and other ballots) to be hand-counted as a check on the electronic tallies. At least 2% must be selected, and depending on the closeness of the contest, the percentage may increase to ensure the correct candidate is seated in office.

Audits are critical to helping secure our elections.

 

In 2005, the State passed a voter-verified paper record requirement which is due to take effect in 2008, but without robust audits such as those required by S. 507, those records won't be used for their intended purpose of confirming the votes were both recorded and counted correctly. S. 507 strengthens New Jersey's ability to conduct verifiable elections. Your support is needed for S. 507!

 

The second bill, unfortunately, not only fails to strengthen NJ's elections, it would move them backward. S. 2949 would gut the law passed in 2005, pushing the voter-verified paper record back to at least mid-2008, and possibly forever. It gives the Attorney General the authority to use a waiver if a certified technology is not available. Since the AG controls what gets certified, that might be never...

 

Earlier this year, vendors submitted printers for NJ's electronic voting machines -- and they didn't even pass certification. Despite the availability of a more reliable solution, paper optical scan ballot systems, the AG instead is seeking more time for these printers from the legislature. If you oppose this delay tactic -- and the expanded waiver that may mean NJ never gets any voter-verified paper at all -- you'll send a message that you want New Jersey to take the road to a better voting system, and to take it now.

 

Click Here to Send a Message in Support of Verifiable Elections in New Jersey! 

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