Touch Screen Voting Prohibited in San Joaquin

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 26, 2004
San Joaquin is among four California counties prohibited by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley from using touch screen voting systems in November. Shelley and other critics say the paperless machines made by Diebold are unreliable and susceptible to tampering. San Joaquin Registrar Deborah Hench disagrees with Shelley but she’s following his directive. On November second county voters will use paper ballots tabulated by optical scan equipment.   HENCH :07—It’s going to be paper. It’s going to have the name of the candidate and an oval next to the name and when it’s scanned it reads it.  Diebold officials say the company will reimburse the county for a portion of 300-thousand dollar cost of the paper ballots. The county had agreed to pay more than five million dollars for the touch screen system, but is now withholding most of the money until the machines are certified. Both Diebold and San Joaquin officials believe the machines will eventually meet state standards. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.