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NEWS ALERT: Recall Race in California Screeches to a Halt; Outdated Equipment Prone to Error


New York, Sep 15, 2003

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has brought California's historical gubernatorial recall election to a halt, ruling that the October 7 vote cannot proceed as planned because some votes would be cast using outmoded punch-card ballot machines.

According to the Associated Press, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is unacceptable that six counties would be using outdated punch-card ballots, the type that sparked the "hanging chads" litigation in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

"In sum, in assessing the public interest, the balance falls heavily in favor of postponing the election for a few months," the court said.

The court may move the special election to the next regularly scheduled primary, on March 2.

Many members of the American National Standards Institute have been active partners with the Federal Election Commission in the development of standards for election equipment, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Human Factors & Ergonomic Society and ASTM International.

See related story: Voting Systems Standards Released by Federal Election Commission; ANSI Members Participate in Upgrading Voting Technology

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