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Holt asks Holder to ensure viability of voting systems
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Congressman Rush Holt asks AG to ensure 'viability of voting systems'

By RAJU CHEBIUM Gannett Washington Bureau August 13, 2010

WASHINGTON A New Jersey congressman is asking the U.S. Justice Department to monitor the November elections for potential vote-counting problems.

Rep. Rush Holt, D-Hopewell Township, is asking Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to ensure the viability of voting systems and that votes are counted as cast. Seventeen other lawmakers signed the letter, including Reps. Frank Pallone, D-Long Branch, and Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn.

Holt is turning to the Justice Department after four unsuccessful attempts this decade to get Congress to adopt his voting-verification bill.


In the letter sent Thursday, Holt wrote that six states including New Jersey will use electronic machines that cant produce paper backups come November. There were some voting problems reported during the primaries in South Carolina, one of those six states, the letter said.


Holt wants the Justice Department to make sure all votes are backed up by paper ballots and to audit random samples of those ballots to ensure their accuracy. That is, Holt wants the agency to do what his bill calls for.
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