Thursday, November 4, 2010

Commissioners OK change to paper ballot

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010, 12:31 AM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010, 12:31 AM CDT

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas - (COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER) - Travis County Commissioners approved a recommendation Oct. 19 to look at purchasing a paper ballot voting system with an electronic counter after the 2012 presidential election.

In the interim, the county will continue to use the electronic voting system, E-Slate, which has drawn concerns from groups like Vote Rescue and the Hand Count Coalition who believe the system is not secure.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told the court she believes the system is secure, but said the county is looking to purchase a paper ballot system as soon as possible.

Members of Vote Rescue, a nonpartisan group in favor of hand counting paper ballots, testified Oct. 19 that the current system equates to a secret vote and they want to see the county use a hand-counted paper ballot.

DeBeauvoir said the move to a hand counted paper ballot system would be irresponsible for Travis County because of its size.

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