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Election watch ~ Florida e-voting prompts concerns

[JURIST] Voters in Florida are raising questions about the reliability of new touchscreen voting machines deployed in 15 counties to end the problems with paper ballots and "hanging chads" that plagued the 2000 election. Some critics of the new system fear that thousands of votes could be inadvertently deleted, misrecorded, or lost. US Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL) is already suing to force all Florida counties to produce paper results, saying that the new electronic system violates equal protection requirements. AP has more.... The Iowa state Attorney General has ruled that votes cast by provisional ballot in the wrong precinct will still be counted so long as voters are registered to vote in the state. VoteLaw has the AG's opinion here [PDF]. From Iowa, the Quad-City Times has more.... Voters in Arkansas will decide on November 2 if an amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman should be made to the Arkansas Constitution. Eleven other states have similar provisions on their ballots this year. Arkansas News Bureau has more.... Sproul & Associates, a consulting firm employed by the Republican National Committee, has been accused of destroying Democratic voter registration cards in Oregon, Nevada, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It is illegal to tamper with voter registration cards and is a felony in some states. AP has more. On Friday, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that workers using a project name associated with Sproul may have changed the registrations of PA and Oregon students from Democrat to Republican. The PG has more.

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