Elections Official Wants Touch-Screen Ballot "Images" Accepted In
October 13, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA--Secretary of State Glenda Hood proposed a new rule Tuesday that would allow paper copies of ballot "images" from electronic touch screen machines to be printed and compared with election results, if needed, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Under state law, manual recounts are automatically required in close races in which one-quarter of one percent separates the candidates.
Electronic touch-screen voting systems are favored by disability groups, because they allow blind voters, those who have difficulty reading, and those with disabilities affecting their mobility to cast a private, secret ballot.
Some of the systems have been criticized because they do not have a paper print-out that can be used to verify the voters' intention and to show that the machines worked properly.
Hood's proposal would print "ballot images" from what would be stored in the machine's memory. This method was used earlier this year in a Broward County special election.
"State weighs plan to create touch screen ballot copies" (St. Petersburg Times)