Friday, February 08, 2002

Dowlin heads to meeting in D.C.

        Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin will represent the National Association of Counties at a meeting today with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Washington to discuss election reform.

        Mr. Dowlin said he is concerned about a Senate bill that would force counties to change the equipment they use during elections and offers no federal money to help pay for it.

        Changing from punch cards to another system, such as optical scanners, could cost the county $15 million, Mr. Dowlin said.

        “My message is going to be that the sky is not falling,” Mr. Dowlin said. “Punch cards work fine.”

        Mr. Dowlin said he prefers the House version of the bill, which gives counties the option to change the election machinery and offers federal assistance to do so.


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