Florida Secretary of State addresses voting problems

11/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Florida Secretary State Kurt Browning boasted today that Florida’s relatively successful general election yesterday should exorcise the ghosts of the 2000 disputed contest.

Voter participation actually was lower in Florida than in 2004. In Hillsborough County, vote tabulation issues prompted the county's canvassing board chairman to shut down the vote counting process shortly before 3:30 a.m. Problems with 13 early voting machines and problems with accessing data at two precincts are cited as the cause.

Browning was asked about Premiere Election Solutions, the county’s contractor for new optical vote counting machines. This is the second straight problem with Premiere, which is also being used by 33 counties in the state. There were also problems in Manatee County, where a computer glitch prevented Manatee officials from counting as many as 50,000 ballots.

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