Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Ohio goes back to paper

This is an incredibly strong argument for staying with paper ballots.

Blackwell orders counties to use optical scanning
Touch-screen voting out in Ohio

COLUMBUS - Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell took the option of computerized touch-screen voting machines off the table yesterday and ordered all counties to deploy optical-scan devices using paper ballots by the November election.

"We have a tight election reform deployment schedule, too few allocated federal and state dollars, and not one electronic voting device certified under Ohio's standards and rules," he said.

from the Toledo Blade, January 13, 2005
via j-dom.org

also reported in The Morning Journal Touch-screen voting machines dumped January 13, 2005

The unfortunate followup:

Blackwell's demand to install optical scans angers counties

COLUMBUS - County elections officials yesterday voiced frustration over what they perceive to be another shift in direction for Ohio when it comes to updating voting systems.

"We have got boards [of elections] that have been working as long as two years toward [touch-screen voting], and all of a sudden the secretary of state has given us approximately five weeks to change course," said Keith Cunningham, Allen County elections director and incoming president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials.

from the Toledo Blade, January 14, 2005
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