Holland Seeks Funds to Provide Paper Trail; Touch-Screen Machines Would Be Improved

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Duval County Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland is asking the City Council for $176,000 to purchase equipment that will provide a paper trail for the county's 345 touch-screen voting machines.

And U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., says she will ask Congress for money to reimburse the city.

Holland held a community meeting Monday night at the Gateway Mall Elections Center to answer any question from voters about the Nov. 7 general election and hear suggestions for future elections.

Brown, who attended, said she would work to fund equipment to provide a paper trail for touch-screen machines.

"We want a paper trail if there is a recount," she said.

Holland said he can only use equipment that is certified by the state. The manufacturer of Jacksonville's equipment, Diebold Election Systems, is seeking that certification now, he said.

"We believe it will increase voter confidence if we can provide the paper trail," he said.

Brown suggested that Holland do more advertising about the early-voting sites, saying there was a lot of confusion about where people could vote. …