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Uncountable Paper Trail

August 26th, 2008 by flanews

Tuesdays election is the first in Florida history where every polling site in the state is using paper ballots and optical scan machines. The law eliminating touch screen voting machines was passed in 2007 and implemented this past July. The idea was to create a verifiable paper trail. But the law didn’t keep up with reality and in close races, not all the paper ballots can be counted. Poll workers will only be allowed to hand count over and under votes. Secretary of State Kurt Browning is hoping there isnt a recount.

Its obviously the law were looking at and using in this election. That would be an issue for the 2009 legislator to address. Certainly there will be close races in Florida. I hope and pray not, but again there always are and were going to cross that bridge when we come to it, said Browning

If the vote difference between candidates is less than one quarter of one percent, a machine recount will be held and poll workers could hand count just the over and under votes.

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