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Ohio Secretary Of State Says Voting Machines Easily Compromised

Ohio's top elections official says all you'd need is a magnet and "smart phone" like the Palm Treo to tamper with Ohio's electronic voting machines.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is reporting today on the findings of a $1,900,000 study of electronic voting systems in the state.

Brunner says the federally funded report shows everyday items could compromise an accurate vote count in Ohio. Based on the findings, the secretary is making several recommendations to Governor Strickland and state lawmakers, including the replacement of machines. It's not clear if changes could be made in time for next year's presidential elections.

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