Updated 10/31/2010 12:18 PM
Judge rules in favor of GOP over touchscreen voting
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RALEIGH—Saturday afternoon a federal judge ruled in favor of the state Republican party over the lawsuit filed in complaint of touchscreen voting machines.
The GOP complained touchscreen voting systems were not working properly during early voting. Thirty-five counties across North Carolina use touchscreen voting. Attorneys for the the state argued there aren't problems with the machines and multiple precautions are in place to prevent errors within the voting system.
On Election day, all precincts that use touchscreen voting machines will be required to post a “Voter Alert” notice that notifies voters: of the following:
• Touchscreen voting machines are sensitive
• A summary page will appear at the end of your ballot
• Carefully review your ballot to make sure your vote is accurately cast
• If you have any problems, please ask for help from a poll worker
“What I heard in the argument today was, the problem with the touchscreen voting machines are the fault of the voters, not the State Board and we have to preserve the integrity of the State Board and its reputation. And that's more important than making sure that voters had their ballots counted accurately, and that's what I thought was outrageous,” said Tom Farr NC GOP attorney.
Attorneys for the state argued there aren't problems with the machines and multiple precautions are in place to catch possible errors.
"I hope this is the end of the issue. We have every confidence in the voting systems North Carolina has and I've seen no evidence that we should feel differently," said Johnnie McLean, deputy director, with the State Board of Elections.
The Court order also requires precincts to keep records of all voter complaints and detailed voting records. Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina and News 14.com for more on this developing story.