Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008

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The Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008 (H.R. 5036) was a bill in the 110th Congress "to direct the Administrator of General Services to reimburse certain jurisdictions for the costs of obtaining paper ballot voting systems for the general elections for Federal office to be held in November 2008, to reimburse jurisdictions for the costs incurred in conducting audits or hand counting of the results of the general elections for Federal office to be held in November 2008, and for other purposes." (Official title.)[1]


Article summary (how summaries work)

The legislation would set an emissions "cap and trade" system for electric utilities only. The cap would begin in 2011 and require a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities of 8 percent by 2020 and 41 percent by 2050. The bill would also establish a Climate Science Advisory Board to inform the administration and Congress of the state of climate science, and make recommendations to achieve climate stabilization; provide R&D funding for low- and zero-emitting carbon technologies, clean coal technologies, and energy efficient technologies relevant to the utilities industry; and require periodic evaluations by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether emissions targets are adequate.[2]

  • Requires that the Election Assistance Commission pay eligible jurisdictions to cover the costs of conversion to a paper ballot voting system or to cover the costs of retrofitting electronic voting systems to produce paper records (Sec. 2).[3]
  • Requires that the Election Assistance Commission pay states to cover the costs of conducting any necessary manual audits of results from federal elections taking place in November 2008 and, at the option of the state, results from state and local elections taking place at the same time (Sec. 3).[3]
  • Requires that the Election Assistance Commission pay states to cover the costs of conducting any necessary hand counts of results from federal elections taking place in November 2008 (Sec. 4).[3]
  • Mandates that the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shall study, test, and develop products and practices that ensure the accessibility of paper ballot verification and casting for disabled voters, for voters whose primary language is not English, and for voters with literacy difficulties (Sec. 5).[3]


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Key votes

  • Vote to pass a bill that provides federal funding for certain jurisdictions to obtain paper ballot voting systems or to conduct audits or hand counts of results for the general elections for federal office to be held in November 2008.[3]


Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Reimburse localities that switch to paper ballots before the November 2008 election. April 15. (239-178; 278 votes required in this case to pass under suspension of the rules)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)

Supporters

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Coalition for Peace Action
  • Credo Action
  • Jewish Social Policy Action Network
  • TrueVote MD
  • VerifiedVoting.org
  • Vote PA

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. OpenCongress’ info page on Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008(H.R.5036).
  2. Climate Change Bills of the 110th Congress Environmental Defense, May 29, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 VoteSmart’s info page on Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008(H.R.5036).
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