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Dear Congressman Holt,
We write to thank you for your leadership on election reform at the outset of the 110th Congress with the introduction of the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 (H.R. 811) and to let you know that USPIRG supports your efforts to improve integrity of our elections by mandating voter verified paper trails.
USPIRG applauds this common sense reform measure that will help to ensure the accuracy of our elections and restore confidence among Americans in the election process. Problems arising in the last election not only cast doubt on the integrity of our elections, they add to a growing cynicism that dampens involvement and participation in the political process.
The successful experience in the growing number of states that have paper records for electronic voting machines lends credible evidence that a targeted reform such as verified voting with a paper trail is a simple and yet important step for assuring and re-establishing the faith of the American people in our political process.
We look forward to working with you on this issue and are encouraged to see widespread and bipartisan support for the measure. I will be sure to follow up with your office to discuss ways in which we might be able to assist.
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