10 July 2004

Group challenges Florida rule on touchscreen recounts

Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A group sued the state Wednesday, hoping to reverse a Division of Elections rule that tells elections supervisors that they don't have to include touchscreen ballots in manual recounts.

The rule ignores the fact that machines can malfunction or be tampered with, according to the suit filed by a group calling itself the Voter Protection Coalition Round Table.

"The prohibition of a manual recount does in fact cover up — perhaps not intentionally or maliciously — malfunctioning machines and ... covers up when there is malicious tampering involved," said Alma Gonzalez, a lawyer representing the group.


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