Sunday, November 13, 2005

paper trial needed

Voters have pulled levers for last time
Sunday, November 13, 2005
By Jerome L. Sherman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Last week's election marked the end of a four-decade era of lever machine voting in Allegheny County.

Yet with a Jan. 1 deadline looming, no one knows what will replace those machines, some of which have been in use since the 1960s.

They face a premature retirement because of a federal law that came out of the contested 2000 presidential election in Florida. The Help America Vote Act requires local governments across the country to buy new equipment by the end of the year or forfeit millions of dollars in aid.

On Thursday, four companies will display the next generation of voting technology during an event at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel. From 1 to 6 p.m., members of the public may try different machines and give their opinions to county officials.

At 5 p.m., County Council will hold a public hearing in the Gold Room of the county courthouse to discuss the issue.

The county will spend about $20 million next year to replace 2,800 lever machines; the federal government is likely to cover $12 million of the cost. New equipment needs to be in place by the May 17 primary. - Read it all
My first choice would be paper ballots, but I guess that's out of the question. I'll be down there pushing for optical scanners, at least they leave a paper trail.


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