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States Still Have Voting Machine Concerns

by Paul Kiel - August 18, 2008 11:06 am EDT

Tags: Election Assistance Commission, Ohio, Voting, Voting Machines
Voters use touch-screen machines in Florida for the 2004 election. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Voters use touch-screen machines in Florida for the 2004 election. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
After the 2000 election, the nation that first sent a man to the moon set for itself what seemed an attainable technological goal: ensure that states had efficient and reliable voting machines. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which allocated nearly $3 billion to the states for election administration. But eight years later, with an election fast approaching, the system is still characterized by the same panicked improvisation.

At least $1.2 billion went towards new voting machines between 2003 and 2007, McClatchy reports. But many states (Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Tennessee and New Mexico) that bought touch-screen machines have decided to replace them due to concerns about their reliability. In a number of places, that process won't be completed until long after the 2008 election.

Ohio's secretary of state recently sued to recover the $83 million in state funds spent on touch-screen machines, yet the machines will nevertheless be used in November. The machines will still be widely used in dozens of other states, but the trend, McClatchy reports, is apparent:

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Tags: elections 2008, voting machines
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