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BUSTED? Pynchon thinks there's something rotten in Volusia
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BUSTED? Pynchon thinks there's something rotten in Volusia



By Jeffrey C. Billman
Published 12/9/04

"One minute I feel like Erin Brockovich, the next I feel like the Keystone Kops."

Susan Pynchon is standing in the parking lot of the Lake Mary Kinko's, peering over the mess of files and cardboard boxes in the back of her tan Toyota SUV, which features an anti-Bush sticker on the window. For those still clinging to the belief that the election was rigged, Pynchon a former volunteer for the county's Democratic Party and founder of the newly formed Florida Fair Elections Coalition is your point woman. On Nov. 23, she sued to overturn election results in Volusia County. A few days later she was in a DeLand courtroom fighting the county's motion to dismiss her suit.

According to Pynchon's suit, 59 of Volusia's precincts nearly one-third of them are missing the printouts that the optical-scan voting machines produce to ensure accuracy. All those precincts, Pynchon says, are missing either the results tape, the "zero tape" at the beginning of Election Day, poll workers print a tape that should register all candidates at zero votes to make sure no one got a head start or the required poll workers' signatures on one of the above forms. Volusia County election officials deny that the records are missing.
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Ultimately, Lowe herself made figuring it out easier. She rejected touch-screen voting machines in favor of the optical-scan ballots, which produce a paper trail. That means the hand recount Harris seeks is possible.

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