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Ohio: paper trail goes blurry sometimes

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: A recount after next year's presidential election could mean disaster for Cuyahoga County based on problems discovered Tuesday with paper records produced by electronic voting machines.

More than 20 percent of the printouts from touch-screen voting machines were unreadable and had to be reprinted. Board of Elections workers found the damaged ballots when they conducted a recount Tuesday of two races, which involved only 17 of the county's 1,436 precincts.

The recount lasted more than 12 hours. Reprinting the damaged records and hand-counting them created an extra step that added hours. ...

Board of Elections Director Jane Platten said recounting the entire county for the 2008 presidential election could take more than a week. -- 20 percent of election printouts were unreadable - cleveland.com

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