Ballot Bill

January 16, 2008 1:39:11 PM PST
A federal lawmaker from New Jersey is sponsoring stopgap legislation to dedicate $600 million to voting districts that convert to paper ballots or put in audit systems in time for the November presidential election. The measure, to be introduced tomorrow, is sponsored in the House by Representative Rush Holt. It's designed to ensure that every vote is properly counted.

Holt says voters in all or parts of 20 states including New Jersey now cast ballots electronically without backup paper verification. He says his plan is an emergency measure for this year to prevent as many election disputes as possible.

The bill would allow states and jurisdictions to receive reimbursements from the federal government if they convert to a paper ballot system, offer emergency paper ballots, or conduct audits by hand counts.