Florida ends experiment with touch screen voting

Summary:Yesterday, the Florida Legislature voted 118-0 to spend $28 million to scrap touch screen voting machines and replace them with optical-scan paper ballots. Most Florida counties already use the paper ballot system, but 15 had opted to use the touch screen systems.

Yesterday, the Florida Legislature voted 118-0 to spend $28 million to scrap touch screen voting machines and replace them with optical-scan paper ballots. Most Florida counties already use the paper ballot system, but 15 had opted to use the touch screen systems.

The overwhelming vote probably has more to do with the other measure this was coupled with--moving up Florida's primary--rather than the voting machine issue.

Still, Florida offers sound pragmatic grounding for the often theoretical arguments about whether optical scan paper ballot systems work, whether they scale, and so on. Having tried both, Florida has chosen to get rid of the touch screen systems.  Other states ought to be paying attention. 

Topics: Hardware

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