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Audit shows optical scans worked well in Pasco

DADE CITY

Audit shows optical scans worked well

So how well did Pasco's new optical scan system perform in its first general election? In the post-election audit of one race picked at random — Seat 1 on the Lexington Oaks Community Development District — a hand count found one vote was not properly counted by the machines. That's out of 4,354 ballots cast by voters in Precinct 127. "Statistically speaking, it's very impressive," Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said Monday, after the audit was published. "But if you lose by a vote, that (one) means a lot." What happened to that vote? Corley said it came from an absentee ballot that was printed by his office. One of the marks that tells the machine how to read the ballot was "off by just a hair," Corley said, so the machine didn't count that vote. In the CDD race that didn't make much difference: It means Donald T. Peters beat J. C. Mule by 799 votes instead of 798. Corley said he was pleased with the audit, noting "There's no such thing as a perfect voting system."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Final hearing on park alcohol plan

City Council is holding its final hearing tonight on a controversial proposal to allow people to buy and drink beer and wine at Sims Park and around Orange Lake during special events. Earlier this month, the council voted 3-2 to revise the ordinance to allow the sales, which are currently limited to the south side of Main Street. The new proposal makes a number of additional requirements of the nonprofit groups that put on the events, including paying for an off-duty police officer near the Sims Park playground. The issue has been contentious, playing out in hours-long meetings and in letters to the editor. The City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 5919 Main St.

COUNTYWIDE

No bus service on Thanksgiving

There will be no county bus service on Thanksgiving, but regular service will resume Nov. 28. Pasco County Public Transportation customer information can be reached that day from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. by calling (727) 834-3322 or TTY (800) 338-5430. All other county transit offices will be closed. For information, call the numbers above or visit www.ridepcpt.com.

Pasco deaths

Anderson, Grace

Gasparini, Matilda "Tillie"

Hurst, John Robert Sr.

Kendter, Ralph M. Jr.

Legrano, John J.

Liss, Lillian Hannah

McLeod, Ethel M.

Norman, Jeanne

Peabody, Russell

Pritt, James J.

Roma, Linda R.

Van Horn, Marvin L.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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