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CPSR on "Friend of Court" Brief in Florida Voting case

CPSR and several other organizations submitted a Friend of the Court brief in the "Wexler" case, an important Florida court case regarding electronic voting machines.
In an effort led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CPSR and several other organizations submitted a Friend of the Court brief in the "Wexler" case. Florida Congressman Robert Wexler and others sued the Florida Secretary of State and the Palm Beach and Indian River County Supervisors of Elections in Federal Court. Wexler alleged that electronic voting machines used in Florida violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, because the machines do not permit a meaningful recount for close elections. (These machines are also known as Direct Recording Electronic or "DRE" voting machines.)

Voters who are forced to use electronic voting machines have less care taken in the integrity of their vote in close elections, thus raising a constitutional issue. When this case was heard last fall, CPSR participated in a Friend of the Court Brief.

Unfortunately, the court found for the defendants, and against Wexler and the other plaintiffs. The plaintiffs appealed, so CPSR recently participated in a second Friend of the Court brief. The final words of the brief are: "... advancing technology creates no waiver to Constitutional and statutory safeguards. The Florida Election Code requires that manual recounts be performed in close elections, a capacity that is lacking from the first generation of DREs but existing in both current versions of DREs and in various other modern voting technologies currently available. Amici respectfully request that this honorable Court reverse the decision of the trial court."
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Last modified May 14, 2005 06:30 AM

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