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  •  FL Since the Election 2000 (2+ / 0-)
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    bay of arizona, HudsonValleyMark

    debacle and the Ohio Imitation in '04 moved to a paper trail under a -- don't faint -- Republican governor in '07.

    In 7 short years the state went from hanging chads, to ATMs to a system that

    Requires all votes cast in the state on Election Day to be cast using optical scan equipment that provide a paper trail. Votes cast by persons with disabilities are exempt from this requirement.

    Appropriates $27.8 million to the Department of State to purchase optical scan equipment to replace touch screen technology for Election Day voting. It also provides ballot-on-demand technology during early voting.

    Part of the de-Jeb!bing of the state.

    "Give me but one firm spot to stand, and I will move the earth." -- Archimedes

    by Limelite on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 08:55:47 PM PST

    •  yes, although getting manual counts is hard (1+ / 0-)
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      Here is a story from 2008 about manual recounts. "Manual recounts out in close elections" is a slight overstatement, but that's kind of where Florida is.

      Florida also has sort of a brain-dead auditing law, as the story mentions. Basically they randomly select one contest in each county and hand-count a 1% sample. If there are large discrepancies... well, maybe you can file an election challenge. A statewide contest might be audited in a few counties, depending on what else is on the ballot around the state. Kind of a mess.

      Don't get me wrong -- I think having the paper is a big win, and the manual review of uncounted ballots in very-close elections is a good provision. But I'd like to see Florida take the next step.

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