E-Voting, Long Lines in Voters' Future

E-Voting, Long Lines in Voters' Future

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Looks like e-voting is in voters' futures, but so is waiting in line.

Utah county clerks say there will be big delays if they don't get more electronic terminals than are planned for the 2006 elections.

Salt Lake County only has plans to replace their more than 39-hundred punch-card machines with just over 28-hundred touch-screen computers.

At three-thousand dollars a piece, 14-hundred more computers would add up to a four (m) million dollar tab.

Utah and Davis Counties also say they don't have enough machines.

Clerks and state election officials say the state needs early voting to alleviate the voting load.

That would allow residents to cast ballots up to 10 days before the election.

Legislators will vote on that next session.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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