Bill to fund back-up paper ballots fails

The House has defeated a measure that would have provided paper ballots to state and local governments as a back-up to their electronic voting systems.


The measure, H.R. 5803, would have directed the Election Assistance Commission to establish a program to make the grants in time for the November election. It failed when supporters were unable to get the necessary two-thirds  majority to suspend the rules and pass it.


The bill, sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), specified that the paper ballots would be used in the event of a failure of the electronic systems.

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