Talk:House Committee on Administration

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The most interesting aspect to me about the Committee on House Administration (CHA) is its ability to promote election integrity. The last six years have been constant frustration as chairs Bob Ney and then Vernon Ehlers squelched substantive discussion of improvement of our voting systems while fostering talk about why paperless voting systems were better than the alternatives. Now we have a chance to get something done.

Over on the Senate side, according to the Mercury News, Dianne Feinstein plans to scrutinize e-voting. This is good news.

It sounds like Feinstein's also going to promote H.R. 550, Rush Holt's bill (or S. 330, its Senate counterpart?). This is also good news. I recommend that people read up on H.R. 550 on Verified Voting's legislation overview page. I don't know how much her S. 330/H.R. 550 advocacy will influence her work as committee chair or vice versa. Any statements about that would be welcome.

You may find my dKosopedia Voting Rights, Election integrity timeline, and Federal voting legislation pages useful.

-- AlanF 12:49, 2 December 2006 (PST)

Here's a question: Will the current staff stay on?

This page lists the professional contacts. It looks like Thomas Hicks is the one who focuses on election-related topics. His e-mail address is thomas.hicks AT mail DOT house DOT gov.

-- AlanF 13:33, 2 December 2006 (PST)

Juanita Millender-McDonald has been nominated as chair by Pelosi. Not a surprise (she was the ranking member), but very welcome in any case. From her own website: "In her role as Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, Congresswoman Millender-McDonald has investigated widespread voting irregularities and voter disenfranchisement and called for a hearing in Ohio, the first election reform field hearing in Congressional history." Note that she is not a cosponsor of Rush Holt's H.R.550. Her LA-area district includes Compton and Long Beach.

-- AlanF 10:03, 27 December 2006 (PST)

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