Miami looks for solution to voting glitch

April 12, 2005 at 10:52 AM
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MIAMI, April 12 (UPI) -- The elections department in Miami is being asked to study the possibility of scrapping its $24.5 million touch-screen system after only three years.

Miami-Dade County Manger George Burgess wants to address the possibility of replacing the system with optical scanners, The Miami Herald said.

Under that system, used in most Florida counties, voters fill out ballots with pencils and the optical scanners count the votes.

Burgess asked new elections chief Lester Sola to determine how much it would cost to switch over and how much it would save in the long run.

Former Elections Supervisor Constance Kaplan resigned under pressure last month when it was disclosed hundreds of votes were lost in the county's last six elections.

The problem was caused by a coding glitch in the county's iVotronic touch-screen devices.

The machines were bought in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential debacle, the outcome of which is still in debate in some circles.

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