Serial No. 107-20: Improving Voting Technologies: The Role of Standards: Hearing before the Committee on Science, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Seventh Congress, First Session, May 22, 2001, 2001   [open pdf - 619KB]

From the opening statement of Sherwood L. Boehlert: "I would like to welcome everyone today to the Science Committee's first look at what I consider to be one of the most important aspects of election reform: ensuring that voting technologies are secure, reliable and accurate. Last November, as the world placed Florida under a microscope to scrutinize its election, America saw for the first time the extent to which one of our most sacred tenets of democracy was vulnerable to error. As the problems with the now-infamous punch card ballot unfolded, America watched in amazement, and the rest of the world watched in amusement. They watched as America, the most technologically advanced nation in the world, who preached democracy to others, tripped on its own shoelaces. Now, several months later, Congress is beginning to respond. And while it is tempting to criticize this institution for not acting sooner, I would suggest that the meantime has not been wasted." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherwood L. Boehlert, Ralph M. Hall, James A. Barcia, Stephen Ansolabehere, Rebecca Mercuri, Roy G. Saltman, Douglas W. Jones, Constance Morella, Jerry F. Costello, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Eddie Bernice Johnson.

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