Improvements to the Electoral Process Still Need to Be Made

During today's hearing, one thing was reinforced.  The electoral process is not perfect.  Improvements to the electoral process itself still need to be made.  Fortunately, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) is a solid foundation upon which we can institute further electoral improvements.  HAVA made it easier for voters to cast a ballot and harder for people to knowingly commit fraud, which is why we need to appropriate the remaining $800 million dollar balance, which was authorized in Title II of HAVA, to fully fund the states, and give HAVA a chance to work.

As I have stated in the past, it is guaranteed that your vote will be lost if you don't cast a ballot.  I would encourage every eligible voter to cast a ballot, no matter how harsh the rhetoric about the November elections, and no matter how that ballot is cast - by DRE machine, absentee ballot, provisional ballot or otherwise.  Americans need to get out and vote in November with the confidence that their votes will be counted correctly.

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