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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Electronic Voting Machines for Westport?

Electronic Voting Machines for Westport?
Could there be some electronic voting machines in Westports future?

The AP reports that legislation allowing the state to test electronic voting machines in at least three towns heads to the governor’s desk for his signature following a 117-30 approval vote in the State Assembly.

Westport had previously informed the secretary of state that it would be willing to be one of the test towns. Westport has already used electronic scanning devices to count absentee ballots.

A spokesman for the secretary of state said the three towns will be chosen by lottery.

The legislation also authorizes the secretary of the state to conduct an exit poll to solicit voters’ reactions to the electronic machines, typically touch screen devices. The secretary of the state would then report back to the legislature.

The project, to be conducted in the 2003 and 2004 elections, is not expected to cost the state any money, the AP said, as vendors are expected to lend the machines during the demonstration project.


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