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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Allegheny County voters try to bar new machines

Allegheny County voters try to bar new machines A group of Allegheny County residents and the national People for the American Way filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday to block the county from switching to touch-screen voting machines and paper ballots for the May 16 primary election.


  • At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Friday, April 14, 2006
    By Ryan Haggerty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Democratic members of the Allegheny County Council are sponsoring a resolution asking Congress to extend the deadline for compliance with the Help America Vote Act, hoping to allow the county to continue using its lever voting machines instead of switching to new electronic machines for the May 16 primary.

    The resolution asks that the deadline be pushed back to Jan. 1, 2007, allowing the county to use its lever machines in November's congressional elections.

    The county must replace its lever machines by the May primary to comply with HAVA, which was passed after the problems in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

    Nebraska-based Election Systems & Services is to provide the county with 2,628 of its iVotronic machines for the May primary. County officials have previously expressed concern that voters and election workers will be unfamiliar with the machines, despite a voter-education effort that is scheduled to launch next week.


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