Florida governor forms election task force

Florida governor forms election task force

By Donna Young

GCN Staff

DEC. 15'Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has created a bipartisan task force to recommend to the state legislature ways to improve the state's election processes.

Voters around the state complained about unfriendly ballots and outdated voting equipment used in the November election, and legal battles surrounding Florida's ballots and tabulation systems went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sixty-three of the state's 67 counties use various electronic voting systems. Three counties have mechanical voting machines, and Union County relies on manually tabulated paper ballots.

Two weeks ago, Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening formed a special committee to evaluate voting procedures in his state.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has proposed a bill that calls for a national study of voting systems. And Sens. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have called for a presidential commission to make recommendations to Congress about voting system upgrades.

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