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ACLU: Change to Optical Scan Voting in Cuyahoga County Would Violate State Law

A voting rights organization Thursday is urging the Cuyahoga County elections board not to use central count optical scan voting for the presidential primary in Ohio on March 4th.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio hand delivered a letter to the board urging that it reconsider a decision to abandon electronic voting in favor of centralized optical scan. The A-C-L-U is arguing that doing so would violate state law.

The main issue is whether central optical scan of votes would likely result in some votes never being counted on any ballot incorrectly filled out.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections was deadlocked on the issue. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner cast the tie breaking vote. In a letter to the board dated December 21st, Brunner said a central count optical scan system is the best way to ensure a "safe, reliable and trustworthy primary election."

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