Sept. 30, 2004 – Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals asked a federal judge to reopen a case in which a Congressperson is suing Florida election officials over the lack of paper receipts on electronic voting machines.
In his lawsuit, Representative Robert Wexler (D-Florida) claimed "paperless ballots" cannot be recounted as accurately as paper ones. Since some counties in Florida will use electronic voting terminals that do not issue paper receipts, Wexler argues that varying the method of voting between counties is unconstitutional.
"I became involved because my district was the butterfly ballot district in 2000, Wexler told The Ledger. "My constituents are extremely sensitive about the fact that many of their votes werenâ€™t counted."