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Voting: Machine Dreams Closer to Reality

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The voting public and those with disabilities will finally get their chance to review new voting machines that may be coming to the county with the spring 2006 primary.

Following the 2000 presidential election dispute in Florida, which was decided by the Supreme Court, Congress instituted the Help America Vote Act, which mandates voting changes. New electronic voting machines will be purchased by the county by the end of the year -- once the state approves machine vendors (see City Paper main feature, "Machine Politics," Oct. 12).

Allegheny County's "Voting Machine Fair," which will let the public try out machines they may face in voting booths this May, will be held Thurs., Nov. 17, 1-6 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Hotel's Somerset Room on the second floor, Downtown.

The county's public hearing on issues facing voters with disabilities using the new machines will be held simultaneously on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2005, at 5 p.m. in the 4th-floor Gold Room of the Allegheny County Court House. Those who wish to speak at the hearing should register with the county's chief clerk. Contact JMascio@county.allegheny.pa.us, 412-350-6495 or register in person in room 119 of the Courthouse by noon on Weds., Nov. 16.

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