Hillsborough: Voting transition draws fire

Hillsborough: Voting transition draws fire
TAMPA – Hillsborough County is lagging behind the rest of Florida in switching to a new voting system, alarming the state’s top elections official.

Most of the 15 counties making the required switch from touch screens to paper ballots next year already have new vote-counting machines on hand. Pinellas, another straggler, signed a deal two weeks ago.

But Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson, who has come under scrutiny in the past for election missteps, has yet to seek bids for the state’s fourth-largest county.

“It would cause me to lie awake in bed at night with my eyes wide open,” said Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who wants to make sure there is no repeat of the “Flori-duh” reputation earned in the wake of the 2000 election.

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