(To be proposed at the Demcoratic Party Precinct Convetion for Precinct 1234 - March 7th)

WHEREAS, a voter-verified paper audit trail is the only known way to guarantee that a voter's vote has been both recorded and counted correctly by an electronic voting machine (such as a touch screen); and

WHEREAS, the disabled community has legitimate concerns that improper implementation of a voter-verified paper audit trail could deny a vision-impaired voter the same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy and independence, to an electronic voting machine as is required in the Help America Vote Act (HAVA); and

WHEREAS, the technology exists today to build electronic voting machines that incorporate a voter-verified paper trail that is accessible to vision-impaired voters;

WHERAS, proprietary software and technology in voting machines prevents proper validation of electronic voting machines;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that all electronic voting equipment used in public elections must incorporate an accessible voter-verified paper audit trail that can be hand-counted in the event a recount is needed as soon as practical, but in no case any later than the November 2008 Texas general election; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that voting machines which incorporate proprietary software or hardware cannot be certified for use; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress make funds available for the purchase of machines that meet these standards nationwide.