OH Official Seeks Partial Recount Of State's Primary Votes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Ohio's elections chief wants a fraction of the state's Democratic and Republican presidential primary votes to be recounted.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has asked county election boards to volunteer to re-examine 7 percent of their results from the March 4th primary so she can find and fix any problems in preparation for the November general election.

Her request involves the first election since a nearly 2-million-dollar study determined electronic voting machines in use in much of the state are at risk of tampering.

She doesn't want a repeat of the protests and lawsuits over Ohio's 2004 presidential election.

The audit would involve hand recounts of paper ballots tallied on optical scan machines and matching the results against tabulator totals. Results from touch-screen machines also would be cross-checked against ticker tapes that voters can examine for errors before leaving a voting booth.

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