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Jennings Loses a Second Battle Friday



Friday wasn't a great day for Christine Jennings, the Democratic hopeful in congressional District 13.

First, Congress' Democratic leadership agreed to go ahead and seat Republican Vern Buchanan when Congress convenes Thursday. Though the leadership warned they'd take the seat away if Jennings' prevails in a Florida lawsuit. Jennings said she supported the move so that the voters of her district are represented.

But then Friday afternoon, Jennings lost a round in a Tallahassee court when Judge William Gary ruled that she and a group of voters can't get access to a voting machine software used in Sarasota County to see if a glitch caused the 18,000 undervotes there. Jennings' lawsuit seeking a new election is still in play, but the denial of access to the "source code" for ES&S machines is a major blow.

UPDATE: Jennings has pledged to appeal the judge's ruling: “It’s shocking that there is more concern for protecting a company’s profits rather than protecting our right to vote,” said Jennings.  “The secrecy and question marks surrounding electronic voting is creating a real crisis in confidence among America’s voters, and the only way to resolve this is by conducting a thorough review by outside experts.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:24pm]


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