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Thank god: N.C. House approves new voting machine restrictions

From the News & Observer, finally a move to give counties with those bogus touch-screen voting machines (we had some “lose” over 4,000 votes in Carteret County in 2004) means to correct the situation before the next election.

The state House unanimously agreed late Thursday to permit only three types of voting methods in North Carolina and also agreed on how to disburse government grants to help pay for machine upgrades.

…With the 2006 elections, voting in North Carolina only will occur in the form of optical scan ballot machines, electronic recording machines or paper ballots counted by hand. Electronic machines would have to provide a paper copy of a voter’s ballot, which could be corrected by the voter before they are recorded. The bill will help voters know their ballots are being counted by accurate and reliable machines that have a backup if a machine fails, said Rep. Jean Preston, R-Carteret.

If we don’t have people feeling good about their vote and making sure their vote was recorded as they intended … and counted, then we are in a sad state of affairs in North Carolina,” Preston said.

Thankfully in Durham County we have the optical scan devices — you have to use a marker on a paper ballot that is fed into a reader, so there’s a paper trail.

Hope you folks in Florida, Ohio and the other states that have funky Diebold (or other GOP stooge) devices can get your legislators to fix the situation before the midterms.

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