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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 10:28 PM
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12. Not exactly the same issue. The PA federal lawsuit was over what percentage of machines....
Edited on Tue Sep-14-10 10:30 PM by demodonkey

...had to be down before emergency paper ballots could be issued.

PA Dept of State wanted it to be 100%, citizens wanted it to be 50%. Citizens won, so the PA requirement is emergency paper ballots when 50% or more of the machines in a precinct are down.

(I testified in the trial which was in Federal Court in Philadelphia, BTW.)

This case would be hard to fit in under the PA requirement however, because one individual machine had apparently malfunctioned and swallowed his already-programmed smart card and wouldn't relinquish it so he could vote on another machine. I don't know what their rule is in MD, but if I was the Judge of Elections in this precinct I would have issued an Emergency Paper Ballot; Linda Lamone be damned.

No matter what, this was NOT a provisional ballot situation. I hope the OP really does go ahead and files a formal HAVA complaint.

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