[E-voting] Even Florida is ditching unauditable e-voting.
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Sun Feb 4 01:32:04 GMT 2007
All Things Considered, February 1, 2007 · Florida, famous for its
election snafus, is taking steps to put that history behind it. The
state's new Republican governor, Charlie Crist, says he wants to
require the use of paper ballots in all 67of the state's counties.
That would mean phasing out the use of touch-screen voting machines,
which currently count nearly half the ballots cast in Florida.
After the 2000 presidential election debacle, in which a recount
exposed Florida's faulty punch-card systems, the state, under Gov. Jeb
Bush, embraced ATM-style touch-screen voting in a big way. The state's
largest counties rely almost exclusively on touch-screen machines.
But in recent elections, there have been problems.
In Sarasota, for example, the Democratic candidate in the 13th
congressional district is challenging the victory of her Republican
opponent because of a discrepancy she attributes to the touch-screen
machines: More than 18,000 ballots cast on the machines registered no
vote in the congressional race.
Gov. Crist said he wants to get rid of all those touch-screen machines
and replace them with optical scanning systems that would read paper
ballots. He called it "common sense and the right thing to do." The
plan is predicted to cost nearly $33 million.
Crist said he hopes to have all the state's touch-screen machines
replaced by optical scan systems in time for next year's presidential
election. But that may be overly optimistic. One election supervisor
said that, given the time needed to purchase new machines and train
personnel, the earliest the state may be able to replace its
touch-screen machines is 2010.
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