Hoyer: California Recall Drama Underscores Need for Election Reform Funding

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), a principal sponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives of landmark federal election reform, released the following statement today after the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the October 7 gubernatorial recall election in California should proceed as scheduled:

“The latest twist in the California gubernatorial recall election again underscores the need for the federal government to fulfill its obligation under the Help America Vote Act to provide states with $3.8 billion in funding for election reform.

“Once again, drama in the courtroom is shaking Americans’ faith in our democratic institutions.  We cannot expect voters to be confident that their vote will count next November when questions continue to be raised about our election systems.  Whether or not the Supreme Court reviews this case, the federal government must help the states make immediate and dramatic improvements.

“Last week, House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney and I sent a letter to Speaker Hastert asking for his support in providing $1.86 billion in one of the supplemental spending requests pending before Congress, which would fulfill the $3.8 billion obligation under HAVA.  I am hopeful that Congressional leaders and the White House will realize the urgency of this request and support our efforts.”

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