One that issue, certainly, the Democrats and the EFF are in virtual lockstep. And Slater is cautiously optimistic. “There are right-thinking Republicans on this issue, too,” he says. “And I hope more of them come to the forefront now, after this election, and stand up to the president.”
Another should-be bipartisan issue is electronic-voting reform — long an EFF fixation, and an issue that is likely to gain post-election traction, especially in important battleground states like Virginia. “What we would like to see, and expect to see, is Representative Rush Holt [D-NJ] reintroduce HR-550, which would require not only mandatory paper trails for all electronic-voting machines, but would also include a number of other updates to voting laws to make sure every vote counts,” says Slater. “This is definitely one of those issues where people from the right and left agree. That bill has 220 bipartisan co-sponsors — a majority in the House, so that bill has the votes to pass.”
Great news. But that’s just a start. “Hollywood is really gonna push really hard for those restrictions,” says Slater. “The White House is going to push very hard on the NSA spying legislation. We expect those to come up fast and furious.” Make sure your congressional representatives in Congress know how what you think by availing yourself of the tools at http://action.eff.org. Just because the Democrats are in power doesn’t mean they’ll do the right thing.
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