Saturday, October 23, 2004

judging the counters

A federal judge said Wednesday he would rule as quickly as possible on U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's attempt to force the state to create a paper trail for any needed recounts with touch-screen voting machines.

After hearing three days of testimony with regular reminders of the flawed 2000 presidential vote, U.S. District Judge James Cohn said the "case is of great public importance" and promised a written order, which would be subject to quick appeal by the losing side.

The state issued a new rule Friday for manual recounts in extremely tight elections to replace one thrown out by a state judge. But Wexler maintains recounts aren't possible with the paperless machines because there is nothing to review by hand. Their end product is a form showing votes and instances where no votes were recorded.

The judge said the question of whether manual recounts are possible with touch-screen machines is one "the court has to grapple with."

tuscaloosanews.com Dateline Alabama | APP - October 20, 2004
Judge: Will rule quickly in suit seeking e-vote paper trail
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