Tennessee election officials preparing machines for early voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Election officials in Tennessee's counties are working to comply with a federal law to replace or upgrade thousands of voting machines to be ready for early voting tomorrow.

The Help America Vote Act spawned out of irregularities in the 2000 presidential election. It's main objective was to phase out punch card ballots and other old-fashioned systems as well as standardize electronic voting systems.

State election coordinator Brook Thompson says Tennessee received $55 million in federal money to comply with the law, with $25 million earmarked for equipment.

Thompson says it's been a big challenge to make sure all counties are in compliance. He says about one-third of the state's 95 counties had to buy new machines.

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