Tuesday, June 29, 2004
E-vote directive has counties upset, concerned about costs
Election officials in 14 California counties are busily piecing together plans to bring paper ballots back to polling booths for the November presidential election.
Under orders from Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, counties that had leaped to electronic voting must backtrack. Some must abandon their touch-screen systems for now; others can keep them if they supplement the electronic balloting with paper versions.
It's part of Shelley's mandate to ensure an accurate vote count so California isn't branded with the ignominious reputation that plagued Florida after the 2000 presidential election.