...I'm okay with being REALITY-based.

Friday, February 13, 2004
      ( 12:47 PM )
Alrighty Then

Worried that there might be a problem with electronic voting? Hoping that there will be paper printouts of your vote so that it can be used in a recount if needed? Well, if you're in Florida, stop worrying!!

Florida has come up with an ingenious way to deal with ballot recounts after electronic voting is in place: Not have recounts!

The Department of State has notified
elections supervisors that touchscreen
ballots don't have to be included during
manual recounts because there is no
question about how voters intended
to vote.

While touchscreen ballot images can
be printed, there is no need and
elections supervisors aren't authorized
to do so, Division of Elections Director Ed
Kast wrote in a letter to Pasco County
Supervisor of Elections Kurt Browning.


Browning asked for the opinion after a
Broward County Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff
won a seat in the state House by 12 votes,
a margin that triggered an automatic recount.

He said the election raised the question
of whether paper images needed to be
produced for the 134 undervotes in that
race. He also said he supports Kast's

"There are no ballots to count, there
are no ballots to recount," Browning

Well, that takes care of that.

(thanks to DailyKos for the link)

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