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Ohio says no to voting machine “sleepovers”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

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If you live in Ohio and you thought you’d be spending the night with a voting machine any time soon, think again. Not even in the bedroom pictured above. Stephen Majors just filed this on the wire:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says she won’t allow poll workers to take voting machines home for safekeeping in the days before the November presidential election.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (BROO’-nur) said Tuesday that the practice known as “sleepovers” is an unacceptable security risk.

Many local election officials have argued that the practice makes it easier to transport machines to polling sites. Otherwise, they would have to hire moving companies to distribute the machines at a cost of thousands of dollars.

Brunner says federal money will reimburse counties for the cost.

This is the second piece of Ohio-related election news we’ve brought to you today. Secretary Brunner cast the tie breaking vote in favor of weekend voting earlier this week.

Photo of patriotic bedroom via supercake on Flickr.

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