LOST VOTES IN SARSOTA SKEWED DEMOCRAT by Roxanne Escobales

11/22/06

The latest development in the ongoing saga that is the race for the US Congressional District 13 seat shows the more than 18-thousand missing votes skewed Democratic. The Orlando Sentinel newspaper conducted its own analysis on the undervotes and found the majority of the ballots showed votes for Democrats in other races on the ticket. The newspaper concludes that with that tendency, Christine Jennings most likely would have gained most of the missing votes, pushing her to victory.

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David Kochman is a spokesman for the Jennings campaign.

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According to the official recount, Republican Vern Buchanan won the race for the House seat vacated by Katherine Harris by only 369 votes. The missing votes account for 16% of those cast.

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Howard Simon is the executive director of the Florida ACLU.

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The Florida ACLU along with three voting rights organizations have filed a lawsuit in the name of Sarasota County voters, asking for another election.

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On Tuesday, testing begins on the electronic voting machines used in the original election. Christine Jennings has asked that the same machines used on election day be used for the testing. Spokesman David Kochman:

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The testing and audits could take several weeks, and could possibly extend beyond January 2nd, when the incoming members of Congress get instated into office.

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