State May Limit Voting Machine Tests

TALLAHASSEE, FLA -

A rule change to prohibit Florida counties from testing their voting equipment without state approval could create problems among elections supervisors.

The measure will be argued on Monday.

This came after Supervisor Ion Sancho of Leon County conducted a test last year that showed a Diebold optical-scan voting system could be made to produce false results.

Sancho's experiment exposed problems that prompted the state as well as California to develop better security safeguards.

But now state officials want more influence in any future tests on voting equipment, hoping to require the supervisors to submit a plan to the Division of Elections and notify the manufacturer beforehand.

A secretary of state spokeswoman says it was their intent to make the process more transparent and that most supervisors are supportive of the rule change.

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