Congress to Look at Voting
By Jeremy Wallace
The Southwest Florida Herald Tribune
Thursday 30 November 2006
Sarasota's voting controversy has given new life to election reform advocates in Congress, prompting the incoming leader of the House to make the issue a top priority for the new year and triggering hearings in the US Senate.
More than being just a battle over who won the 13th Congressional District, officials on Capitol Hill say what happened in Sarasota has wider implications for the nation, giving a more substantive edge to what previously was mostly a theoretical debate over the reliability of touchscreen voting machines.
"What happened in Sarasota really does highlight the issue," said Howard Gantman, communications director for US Sen. Diane Feinstein, a Democrat from California who is already vowing to hold hearings on the voting issues early in 2007.