Lawmakers Move Ahead With Paper Ballots; Many Scanners Still In Limbo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado could become one of the first states in the nation to return to paper ballots after problems with switching to all-electronic voting.

Legislative leaders say they're moving ahead with a proposal to conduct this year's elections mainly by paper ballot even though most counties still don't know whether they can use their optical scanners to count the ballots.

The bill assumes that most of the scanners will be recertified by the secretary of state but still would set aside $3.5 million to reimburse counties who want to buy more scanners so they can count ballots more quickly.

The other states considering going to all-paper ballots are Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, and California, according to the study.

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