Starting next week, thousands of controversial touchscreen voting machines across Florida will be picked up, hauled to a warehouse in Tampa and then broken up for parts if they can't be sold.
Secretary of State Kurt Browning on Thursday announced that the state has signed a contract with a Tampa electronics recycler to pick up nearly 30,000 ATM-styled voting machines that have been used in 18 counties.
Gov. Charlie Crist last year pushed the state to get rid of touchscreen machines and switch to voting machines that scan paper ballots in time for the fall 2008 elections. The state provided nearly $30 million to help counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, purchase new voting machines.
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