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FLORIDA: Election audits not needed, judge tells Sarasota County
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Edited on Sat Jul-31-10 12:24 PM by Bill Bored
For those who think paper ballots = election integrity:

Election audits not needed, judge tells Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY: New state law overrides local charter, he rules

By Todd Ruger

Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.

Sarasota elections officials have called off plans to run an audit on the results of next month's primary elections following a court decision that determined the audit was not required.


The president of Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections, which has fought for four years to uphold the county charter, urged county officials to appeal the latest decision.

"They should stand up for our charter, they should stand up for the will of the voters," SAFE president Kindra Muntz said.

Circuit Judge Charles Roberts on Wednesday ruled that a state election law enacted this year sets out an audit procedure and does not permit additional audits.

The decision throws a lawsuit out of court just a few months after the Florida Supreme Court gave it new life.

In February, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the charter amendment requiring an audit of 5 percent of all ballots did not conflict with state law.

But the legislature enacted the new law in May.


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