Friday, February 01, 2008

Fayette's Zapotosky: Paper Ballots & Scanners Best Interest for Democracy

Paper voting ballots possibility in Fayette
By Amy Zalar, Herald-Standard
Updated 02/01/2008 12:34:59 AM EST
The Fayette County commissioners are considering offering paper ballots at the polls as a way to deal with voter dissatisfaction of the electronic voting machines purchased in 2006 following a federal mandate that made the county's lever machines illegal.

The commissioners will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to discuss purchasing electronic scanners to use in conjunction with paper ballots at each of the county's 103 precincts for the April 22 primary.

During a demonstration of the scanners Thursday afternoon in the public safety building, Adrian Gonzales of Hart Intercivic discussed details of the eScan machine. He said the important thing is a tangible piece of paper that can be used to verify votes if needed.

Gonzales explained that voters choosing to use the machines would get a paper ballot, take it into a privacy booth and vote and then place it in the eScan machine for calculation...

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