REPUBLICAN PUSH FOR USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS - Mitch Perry07/29/04
This morning the St. Pete Times reported that while Governor Jeb Bush, Secretary of State Glenda Hood, and other Republican officials have been dismissing criticism about the lack of a paper trail for touch screen voting machines, Republicans in Miami-Dade County apparently have the same fear that there could be problems with those machines at the polls this November.
The Times reported that the Republican Party of Florida Paid to send a full-color mailing To voters in a House Primary in Miami-Dade, where Representative Juan Carlos-Zapata is running against challenger Frank Artiles.
The full-color mailer says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The liberal Democrats have already begun their attacks and the new electronic voting machines do not have a paper ballot to verify your vote in case of a recountÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Make sure your vote countsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Order your absentee ballot today.Ã¢â‚¬?
Sharon Lettman-Pacheco is the national field director for the Election Protection Project for the People For the American Way FoundationÃ¢â‚¬Â¦she said she was shocked and astonished upon learning of what the Republicans had done in Miami Dade County (roll tape# 1 o.q. Ã¢â‚¬Å“rather insultingÃ¢â‚¬?)
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Glenda Hood discarded the much derided Felon list after numerous mistakes were discovered withÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..WMNF asked Sharon Lettman-Pacheco of the group People For the American Way, might this latest story, which reveals that at least in South Florida Republicans are as fearful as some Democrats about the reliability of touch screen voting, might persuade the state to do what critics like her have been advocating - an audit of all the touch screen machines (roll tape#2o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?get out of our wayÃ¢â‚¬?)