Haasen on Voting by Mitch E. Perry

11/14/06

As the recount continues in the disputed Congressional race between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings, a state election audit was delayed for 1 day after Jennings won a temporary injunction in Circuit Court today.

There were no objections to Judge Deno Economou’s granting an injunction requested by Jennings to preserve voting machines and other electronic equipment pending independent audits by the candidates’ experts.

Methods on how independent audits of the electronic voting machines used in last week’s election will now be worked out between attorneys for Jennings, Buchanan, and Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.

Both of those audits could begin as early as next week.

The state had planned to start “parallel election testing� with voting machines that weren’t used in the November 7th election.

The election has been marred by an astounding number of so-called ‘undervotes’ – over 18,000 in all..

Richard Hassen is a professor of election law at Loyola University in Los Angeles. He’s the editor at electionlawblog.org . Exactly a week ago, on Election Day, there were reports of problems with electronic voting machines all across the country, but overall, Hassen says things weren’t too serious this year (roll tape#1 o.q.�that we go thru a process like this�)

That’s Loyola University Professor Richard Hassen.

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