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H.R.550, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005, was introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) on February 2, 2005. It strengthened his earlier bill, H.R.2239. Both are an attempt to amend the problems with the Help America Vote Act of 2002, which was written by Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and whose major result was the nationwide introduction of paperless voting machines (DREs), funded by the federal government. Ney, the chair of the House Committee on Administration, and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), his successor, never permitted the bill to leave committee, even after it attracted a majority of the House as cosponsors. According to House rules, a bill can be forced out of committee by a discharge petition signed by a majority of the House members. However, this never occurred.

The bill will expire when the 109th Congress is dissolved at the end of 2006. A similar bill will likely be introduced in 2007.

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This page was last modified 05:51, 28 October 2007 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by AlanF and dKosopedia user(s) Abou Ben Adhem. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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