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Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House

Link to this entry in the Congressional Record
Sep 20, 2006

Speaking in opposition to H.R. 4844, the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006, Congressman Kucinich said:

“Mr. Speaker, today’s Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 has nothing to do with protecting the right to vote and everything to do with restricting it. The real threat to our electoral system is not a contrived conspiracy of noncitizens illegally voting in Federal elections. The true threat is vulnerable electronic voting machines.

“It is machines with no paper trail. It is poll workers with inadequate training and resources. It is voter alienation because people have lost faith in the political process. Congress has the ability and the duty to act on real voting reform that addresses the real issues that mar our electoral system, issues researched and documented by countless activists and academics.

“There is a reason the article in the Washington Post, ‘Major problems at Polls Feared,’ does not once mention concerns about noncitizens voting. It is not a real issue of voting reform. If we want to strengthen democracy, we want to protect the right to vote. We want to reengage Americans in our government.

“We need real voting reform now. Throw out electronic voting machines, that Diebold technology election hacker’s dream. Go to paper ballots, a paper trail. Make our election process honest again. Enough of stolen elections. Make every vote count, and let every vote be honestly counted.”

[Ed. note: H.R. 4844 was agreed to by recorded vote: 228 ‑ 196 in Roll No. 459.]


  • H.R. 4844, Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006

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