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Governor calls Carter's column "disappointing'

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Gov. Jeb Bush took aim at Jimmy Carter Tuesday, saying the former president's criticism of Florida's election system was "a huge surprise."

"Without talking to a single person, without getting any information, he joins up with the crowd, and I can't tell you how disappointed I am," Bush said.

Carter, who runs a fair elections advocacy center in Atlanta, wrote in the Washington Post Monday that Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood is a partisan supporter of President Bush, criticized the state for trying to purge likely Democratic voters from voter rolls and questioned the lack of a paper trail with touch screen voting machines.

" A repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely, even as many other nations are conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair," wrote Carter, a Democrat.

Carter's statements, particularly those regarding a paper trail, echo those of, a liberal online political group that has called for paper ballots and a censure of President Bush for what the group says were misleading statements leading up to the war in Iraq.