Is Florida going to be a safer state to vote in than Pennsylvania? Looks like that may happen if the new Governor gets his way:
Gov. Charlie Crist wants to scrap the controversial touch-screen voting machines used in 15 Florida counties and replace them with optical scanners that would count paper ballots, a South Florida congressman said Tuesday. The Republican governor will detail the change at a joint appearance Thursday with the state's leading critic of touch-screen voting machines, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, in the heart of Wexler's district west of Delray Beach. Wexler said the governor would propose spending more than $20 million on optical scanners for the 15 counties -- including Lake and Sumter -- that use only touch-screen machines when he presents his proposed budget to the state Legislature on Friday. Wexler credited Crist with proposing a "bold and comprehensive" plan. "We are about to resolve, once and for all, the election integrity problem in Florida, and we are about to realize the dream of creating a paper trail for every voter in the state of Florida."
Great news for the Sunshine State and I hate to rain on the parade but all the paper ballots in the world won't matter without adequate recount provisions to make sure that they are used to verify the vote. That may be part of the coming legislation. We'll have to wait and see. And speaking of waiting and seeing: when is Governor Rendell going to wake up and see the light on this issue?