Sunday, December 17, 2006

Election controversy hits Florida, again

It has become a ritual in American life. Go to bed on election night, wake up the day after wondering, "Just what did these people do in past lives to come back as Florida election officials?"

More than a month after polls closed, the certified loser for the congressional seat is refusing to concede, given an extraordinary wave of ballots with no vote cast in that race and a margin of victory as skimpy as a bikini.

But determining just what went wrong, if anything, has proved difficult given the voting machines involved: touch-screen computers with no printout for voters to confirm. The problems roiling Florida's 13th Congressional District may be one reason that a federal advisory board on Tuesday recommended that the next generation of electronic voting machines be "software independent." In essence, that means creating an independent auditing trail. Christian Science Monitor

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