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Grant money for new voting machines well worth accepting

Oklahoman Published: December 20, 2011

Lucky for Oklahoma, a program that provided federal grant money to help the state upgrade its voting machines came into being several years ago. If it happened today, our policymakers might say “no thanks.”

That's what happened early this year with a grant to help the state establish a health care exchange, something each state must do in order to comply with President Barack Obama's health care law. Oklahoma returned that money over concerns about the potential red tape — but mostly because accepting the money was painted by some conservative lawmakers as the same as endorsing Obamacare.

Funds for our voting machines accompanied the Help America Vote Act, which Congress approved in 2002, two years after the messy 2000 presidential election (remember Florida's hanging chads?). Oklahoma got about $26 million, and has put about $16.7 million of it toward a system that will get its first big test in February.

The new machines will be similar to the optical scanning machines Oklahoma has used statewide with few hiccups for the past two decades. Voters will still mark their paper ballot with a felt-tip pen, then insert the ballot into a machine for the choices to be tabulated. The upgrades will allow disabled Oklahomans to vote without assistance, providing them the same privacy other voters enjoy.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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