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Late Word: New Jersey's Jim Saxton comes out of the 'private vote' category. As of this morning, he's a letter-writer.

However, constituents who've spoken this morning to members of Saxton's staff got the impression that the Saxton letter may say that it was a 'private vote' and not reveal how he voted.

We'll bring you more information on Saxton when we receive it; or perhaps we'll just need to come up with a more granular set of categories.

Letter-writers no more!

It seems like three of those congressmen from Upstate New York could run but they could not hide.

According to this morning's Post-Standard, James Walsh, Sherry Boehlert and John McHugh each support the DeLay Rule, though Boelhert and McHugh managed not to attend the meeting where the vote took place.

Boelhert was at Bethesda Naval Medical Center getting a follow-up check-up tied to heart surgery from last September and McHugh was at another meeting. But when pressed on the matter, both said they supported it. James Walsh was there in the flesh and gave the thumbs up in person.

See the article for the details.

It took our readers a while to get the scoop. But it seems that Pennsylvania's Melissa Hart was there when the Hammer needed her. She voted for the DeLay Rule, according to her staff.

We were getting unconfirmed reports about this all yesterday afternoon. But now Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico makes it official. She says she was in the Shays Handful.

[ed. note: As you might imagine we've got a mound of emails and updates in from readers giving us information on their reps., new news reports, new awkward phone calls with congressional staffers, and so forth. (And please keep the updates coming.) But it will take us a bit of time to get through all the new information. Stay tuned; we'll be providing more updates through the day.]

"Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all the votes are counted -- and they will be counted -- we will continue to challenge this administration. This is not a time for Democrats to retreat and accommodate extremists on critical principles -- it is a time to stand firm.

I will fight for a national standard for federal elections that has both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It's unacceptable in the United States that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

I ask you to join me in this cause."

That's a passage from a message Sen. John Kerry will be sending out to supporters later this afternoon.

On Deck for Tomorrow: Hardly any New York state Republican members of congress (beside Rep. Peter King) are willing to say whether they voted for the DeLay Rule.

Alaska's sole member of the House, Don Young, voted for the DeLay Rule. Says Young: "Everybody says it's to protect Tom DeLay. That may be so. But it also protects anyone else from an elected attorney general, thank God Alaska doesn't have one, that can use their position as a bully pulpit and prosecute an elected official."

Early on Thursday, staffers for Colorado's Bob Beauprez were telling constituents that the DeLay Rule vote was either a secret or that they didn't know how the congressman had voted. By mid-afternoon, though, Beauprez's office had come clean: He voted for the DeLay Rule.