States And Feds Have Slowed On Election Reforms
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 6, 2004
ORLANDO, FLORIDA--It's less than 10 months to the next General Election.
And, it would appear, many of the reforms that were ordered in the aftermath of the 2000 election mess might not be fixed until long after this November 2.
States have been upgrading to newer, more accessible voting technologies as mandated by law. But many have been slowed because the federal government has not yet provided what was promised to help the states switch over. In fact, only $650 million of the $3.86 billion Congress pledged in the 2002 Help America Vote Act has arrived to help states.
In addition, federal standards for touch screens -- which would help people who cannot read because of blindness or other reasons -- will not even be set in time for this election.
"I think if the election is close, we can expect a mess," veteran election lobbyist Jim Dickson, vice president of the American Association of People with Disabilities, told the Orland Sentinel. "God forbid there's a state we have (in 2004) that is as close as Florida."
"Promised election reforms will not be ready" (Orlando Sentinel via Seattle Times)
Help America Vote Act of 2002 (Federal Elections Commission)