ION SANCHO ON THE FAIRNESS AND SECURITY OF OUR VOTING SYSTEM - Radioactivity

06/02/04

Supervisor of Elections for Leon County in Florida, Ion Sancho said today: "Florida's 2000 felon purge program resulted in over 50,000 legal voters being disenfranchised. Officials in the Secretary of State's Division of Elections misled county election supervisors about the 2000 election purge list, blaming the vendor (DBT/Choicepoint) for the errors that were disenfranchising citizens. After the election was over, public record requests revealed that Division of Elections ordered the vendor to keep the matching criteria loose, guaranteeing the denial of citizens' legal right to vote. Now, the Director of the Division of Elections has ordered local elections officials to implement a new felon purge list database for 2004. When asked for assurances the list was 90 percent accurate, the minimum level local Supervisors of Elections requested for such a list, we were told that it was better than the 2000 list -- with no data to support its accuracy. As the Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, I will not be party to any effort, program or activity which may deny the voting rights of our citizens." Soncho also says that electronic, touch screen voting is quite fallible with a propensity of under votes. He said that the best form of voting is the optical scan process which provides for a voter-verified paper trail.

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