Republicans don't want your vote to count

Last week, in the wake of numerous problems with electronic voting machines in recent primary elections, I asked for your help to urge Congress to support my "Confidence in Voting Act" -- a bill that would make paper ballots available at every polling place to any voter who wants one.

More than 15,000 people joined our effort and emailed their Members of Congress about this important legislation. Thank you so much for your support!

While every Democratic Senator stood with us -- in particular, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), an original co-author of the "Help America Vote Act" -- the Republicans stopped us and refused to allow this common-sense legislation to move forward.

I'm very disappointed that the Republican Party continues to play politics with the integrity of our elections system. And really, there is only one conclusion that I can reach: Democratic Senators are united in their desire to restore confidence in our voting system, while Republican Senators are supporting the status quo...again!

So what do we do now? Over the next 35 days we must redouble our efforts to get everyone we know -- our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues -- out to vote on Election Day. In local races, in statewide races, in House races, and in Senate races, every single vote is incredibly important -- especially with the future of our country on the line.

Then, once Democrats are in control of Congress -- as well as more governors' offices and statehouses -- we'll do the work that the Republicans refuse to do: address the real problems that still exist in our nation's elections system.

Thanks for your continued support!

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

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