Voting machines cleared in Fla. election

Feb. 8, 2008 at 6:06 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A congressional task force recommended Friday that a challenge to the election results in a Florida congressional district be dismissed.

Democrat Christine Jennings, who lost by 369 votes in House District 13, blamed faulty voting machines for an 18,000 vote "undervote" in Sarasota County. The number of votes cast in her race was considerably below those for other offices.

The bi-partisan task force recommendation was based on a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday, the Bradenton Herald reported. The GAO found no fault with the machines and suggested that either the ballot design confused voters or they deliberately skipped over the congressional race.

Jennings and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., were contesting the seat held by Katherine Harris, the former Florida secretary of state. Harris became famous by certifying George Bush the winner over Al Gore in Florida in the 2000 presidential election.

Both Jennings and Buchanan have filed for a re-match this November.

"Mostly this is a victory for democracy and it is a victory for the people of the 13th Congressional District," said Buchanan's lawyer, Hayden Dempsey. "The GAO found what every single other study has found and that is the machines work and people's votes counted."

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