Steven Rosenfeld – A Voting Machine Meltdown in 2016 Is Likely, Investigation Warns

Are Americans who will vote in the next presidential election ready for Florida 2.0?

You may recall that the 2000 presidential election was decided by the Supreme Court—which stopped a recount in Florida under the twisted logic that because there were so many differences in how county officials were handling ballots that George W. Bush’s constitutional right of equal treatment under law had been violated.

That logic was supremely flawed because in the real world of elections, there is no such uniformity. The great offender of Florida was the “hanging chad,” a not-quite punched through computer card that signified how someone voted. Today, there are many modern equivalents of where voting machinery can fail—and according to a new report [3] by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School—dozens of states face prospects of Florida-like breakdowns in 2016 because of aging voting machines.

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