Federal judge rules no paper trail needed for touch-screen voting in FL

Florida will not be required to create a paper record backup of results for electronic touch-screen voting machines, a federal judge ruled Monday. US District Judge James I. Cohn dismissed the case brought by US Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla), after hearing three days of testimony. In the court's written opinion, Judge Cohn concludes, "[N]o voting system is perfect. Distrust in an electorate's ability to properly use new technology does not give rise to an equal protection violation." AP has more. On October 14, Florida issued a rule establishing a system of manual recounts. Wexler argued that recounts are not possible for the paperless machines, because there are no documents to recount by hand.

 

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