Voting Activists go to court to ban electronic machines by Mitch E. Perry09/07/06
In a Sarasota yesterday, activists who want to get rid of electronic voting machines had their day in Court.
The activists want to have County Commissioners approve a measure that would go before Voters in November, asking them to weigh in on whether or not they wanted to continue with the touch screen voting machines that have become so controversial since their implementation before the 2004 election.
Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent says that the proposal from the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Election would go against state election laws, and says they would be unconstitutional.
But the activists say otherwiseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Kindra Muntz is the chairwoman for the sa, or SAFE. They went to court after the County balked at their proposal, even though they supplied more than the required valid signatures to get on the ballot (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?check those resultsÃ¢â‚¬?)
15 of FloridaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 67 counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas Pasco & Sarasota, all use paperless touch screen machinesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦The remaining use optical scan, where a voter marks a paper ballot and is electronically scanned.