Touch Screen Voting

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Voters in Palm Beach County could be among the first in Florida to have paper printouts to double-check their ballots cast on touch-screen voting machines.

The County Commission is next week expected to pass a mandate requiring the county to buy paper printers for its touch-screen machines. But first, the printers would have to be manufactured and certified by the state.

County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore has said she doesn't think such printers are necessary. But she has agreed to use them with conditions. It's not clear if the new printers will be in place for the Nov. 2 election.

If the resolution passes Tuesday, the county gets itself out of a lawsuit filed by Congressman Robert Wexler against the commission, LePore and Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood. He filed the lawsuit in his quest to get printers for the state's voting machines.

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections has opposed adding printers to touch-screen voting machines. But politicians at various levels and others are lobbying for them, citing critical reports from computer-science experts who say the voting machines aren't secure enough.