Re: Most blatantly bad election laws contest

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 23 2006 - 21:26:21 CDT

Here's the information on the Florida law (Ion Sancho of Leon County told me about it). Manual counts can only be ordered in certain circumstances, and then only overvotes and undervotes get checked.

Alan D.

Link to The 2006 Election Laws of Florida:
Link to The Election Laws of FL, highlighting the 2005 laws as amended by Chapters 2005-277, 2005-278, 2005-279 and 2005-286, laws of Florida:
The statute itself is as follows:
102.166 - Manual recounts.

(1) If the second set of unofficial returns pursuant to s. 102.141 indicates that a candidate for any office was defeated or eliminated by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office, that a candidate for retention to a judicial office was retained or not retained by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast on the question of retention, or that a measure appearing on the ballot was approved or rejected by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast on such measure, the board responsible for certifying the results of the vote on such race or measure shall order a manual recount of the overvotes and undervotes cast in the entire geographic jurisdiction of such office or ballot measure. A manual recount may not be ordered, however, if the number of overvotes, undervotes, and provisional ballots is fewer than the number of votes needed to change the outcome of the election.

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> In the category of "most dangerous voting system ever seriously
> contemplated," I think we have to put the current system in Florida at or
> near the top of that list. They recently passed a law that makes it illegal
> to audit the machine count.
> Alan

  While I'm in agreement with David Jefferson on Internet voting as being the worst in the area of voting equipment, a law that outlaws auditing of machine counts deserves some negative recognition. Do you a URL that points to it?

  Perhaps OVC ought to compile some top-10 lists. Suggested categories would be Top 10 Examples of Bad Voting Equipment, Top 10 Examples of Bad Voting Laws, etc.


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