Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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March 30, 2004

Contact: Lale Mamaux
Phone: (202)225-3001
Cell: (202)225-1913

Wexler Outraged at State Senate Bill Denying Voters Their Right to Have a Manual Recount

Proposed Bill to Change Florida Recount Law is Unconstitutional

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) is dismayed that State Senator Anna Cowin, Chair of the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee, has introduced legislation to change Florida's manual recount law. According to Section 30 on Page 44 of the legislation (SB3004), "a manual recount may not be conducted of undervotes on touchscreen machines." This legislation will likely come up for a vote in the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee tomorrow.

"It is inconceivable to me that, after what happened in the 2000 Presidential election, Republicans in Tallahassee would have the audacity to introduce legislation, which denies voters in the 15 Florida counties with touchscreen voting machines the means to conduct a manual recount, while leaving 52 counties with a way to conduct one. This is blatantly unconstitutional, and Florida's voters should be outraged," Wexler said.

Beach County Commissioners Burt Aaronson and Addie Greene and Florida President of the Alliance for Retired Americans Tony Fransetta, under the precedent set by Bush vs. Gore in the 2000 presidential election. Wexler, aronson, Green and Fransetta cite that it is unconstitutional for 52 counties in Florida to have a means to conduct a manual recount, while the other 15 Florida counties with touchscreen voting machines have a paperless system that does not allow for a recount. On March 22, 2004, U.S. District Judge James Cohn granted an expedited trial schedule in Wexler's federal lawsuit.

Congressman Robert Wexler serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House International Relations Committee.

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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Elections Senate Committee Requests Diebold Decertification

As the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Reapportionment, we are respectfully requesting that, pursuant to Section 19222 of the Elections Code, you decertify the use of touch-screen voting systems for the upcoming November 2, 2004 General Election.
The number of California voters who were disenfranchised during the March 2 Statewide Direct Primary Election as a result of failures related to touch-screen voting were both unprecedented and unacceptable.

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