By Brad Friedman on 2/3/2008, 9:39pm PT  

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) continues misleading America about his two different election reforms bills. On Saturday night's CBS Evening News (video here), he says, in regard to the upcoming Super Tuesday Election: "There will be states around the country where the election results will be in question, and there will be no way to resolve the question."

What he fails to mention is that, should either of his own two federal Election Reform bills be passed into law as currently written, there will still be states around the country where the election results will be in question, and there will still be no way to resolve the question, because he still refuses to include a ban on touch-screen voting machines in either of his two bills.

Incredibly, even his newly introduced "Emergency" bill (which we wrote about back here) would give money for paper ballots only to jurisdictions that don't already use unverifiable touch-screen (DRE) voting systems with so-called "paper trails"...

As with his previous failed effort, HR811 (which we helped his office write before it was introduced, and which we've covered in great detail here), the touch-screen DREs would be allowed to stay in place in the new bill as well, as long as they have that worthless, and unverifiable "paper trail".

Such DRE "paper trails", in contrast to true, hand-marked paper ballots have been shown in study after study to be easily hackable, and ultimately offer no more confidence that an election was recorded accurately, than a DRE without such a "paper trail".

Rush Holt knows that, of course, (we've told him as much directly ourselves and he is, literally, a rocket scientist) but he apparently doesn't care.

It's not the first time Holt has mislead about this issue. In fact, he's previously out and out lied about it.

We take no joy in saying it, but Rush Holt, the "leader" among the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on the issue of Election Reform, is absolutely shameless.

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