Voting Machines

Blackwell selects voting machines for counties that missed deadline

The state will pick voting machine systems for three more counties tomorrow that missed a deadline to choose for themselves. Secretary of State J-Kenneth Blackwell will select the systems for Clinton, Hamilton and Highland counties. Counties had until mid-January to choose a system to replace punchcard ballots or mechanical lever machines. Blackwell has previously selected systems for Lucas, Montgomery and Union counties and for Summit County at the request of county officials there. Meanwhile, lawmakers who are reviewing the security of proposed voting systems hope to finish their work next week.