Measure requiring optical scanners becomes law - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Measure requiring optical scanners becomes law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A measure requiring Tennessee counties to use an optical scanner voting system has become law.

Gov. Phil Bredesn signed the measure last week.

Under the law, the scanners - which count ballots voters fill in by hand - would have to be part of any voting system purchased after Jan. 1, 2009.

The law is part of Tennessee's effort to comply with the Help America Vote Act.

Prompted by irregularities in the 2000 presidential election, the Act was intended, in part, to phase out punch card ballots and other old-fashioned systems, as well as standardize electronic voting systems.

In all, Tennessee received $55 million in federal money to comply with the law, with $25 million earmarked for equipment.


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