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Tuesday, Dec 5, 2006, 12:18 am

Advisory Panel Says Verifiable Elections Are Too Hard

By Brian Zick
AP reports
A federal advisory panel rejected a recommendation on Monday that states use just voting machines whose results could be independently verified.

The panel, drafting guidelines for the United States Election Assistance Commission, deadlocked, 6 to 6, on a proposal that would have required electronic machines to produce paper records or other independent means of checking results. Eight votes were needed to pass the recommendation.
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Some opponents of the proposal said that they supported paper records but that the requirement could overwhelm state election boards.
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