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FL 13 task force names members



As the Buzz reported earlier this week, Texas Democrat Rep. Charles Gonzalez will chair the U.S. House's task force on the disputed Florida 13 congressional race.

The House Administration Committee chairman also named California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren to the three-member panel. But the committee's top Republican, Rep. Vernon Ehlers of Michigan, has yet to appoint a Republican member to serve. It's unclear how the lack of a third member will impact the group's future.

The task force is charged with looking into factors surrounding the 18,000 undervotes, including issues with election procedures, administration processes, voting machines and ballots. 

“The right to vote is the very foundation of our nation’s democracy,'' Gonzalez said. "Voters throughout our nation must be assured that their right to cast a ballot and have that vote counted is protected without compromise."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:39pm]


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