Leon county ordered to return federal voting-machine funds - OrlandoSentinel.com: State News

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_browndogs_dot_org>
Date: Sat Feb 04 2006 - 23:11:47 CST

"Two Florida counties have been ordered to give back federal money
they received to provide disabled-accessible voting machines in each
precinct because they didn't get the machines in time. Leon County,
which includes Tallahassee, and rural Union County in north-central
Florida, were notified Friday by the state Division of Elections that
they must return the money.  For Leon County, it means the loss of
$564,421; Union County has been ordered to return just under $50,000.

Secretary of State Sue Cobb told both counties in a letter Friday,
however, that even though they may be still trying to get the
machines to comply with the law, the money still must be returned
because they didn't meet a Jan. 1 deadline for having them."


You may recall that Leon County was the one that demonstrated the
Diebold hack and decided to stop using Diebold. Subsequently ES&S
reneged on an agreement to sell them voting machines leaving them in
a quandray. It's a remarkable coincidence that of all counties they
should be singled out for this.

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