Voting Problems in Florida

VOTING PROBLEMS IN FLORIDA….I know this is about the last thing anyone wants to hear, but apparently Florida had some voting machine problems in the 2002 election:

Almost all the electronic records from the first widespread use of touch-screen voting in Miami-Dade County have been lost, stoking concerns that the machines are unreliable as the presidential election draws near.

The records disappeared after two computer system crashes last year, county elections officials said, leaving no audit trail for the 2002 gubernatorial primary. A citizen’s group uncovered the loss this month after requesting all audit data from that election.

Hoo boy.

UPDATE: Hey, they found the votes after all! They were on a computer disk in a folder among “books and bookcases and old reports” in a conference room. Whew.

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