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Voting machine committee to be chosen tonight

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 21, 2001

Pinellas County Commissioners are expected to name seven people tonight to serve on a committee to evaluate new voting machines.

The county is one of 41 in the state that must buy new voting machines after last fall's election debacle. Pinellas has received cost estimates ranging from $3-million to $21-million. The committee will evaluate proposals from different companies and send a recommendation to commissioners, who will make a final decision.

Deborah Clark, the elections supervisor, will advise the committee. She recused herself from the committee's work after questions arose about her husband's work for a leading voting machine company. Deputy Supervisor Joan Brock was named.

Others are Jack Humburg, an accessibility consultant who works with the Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairment; retired educator Vyrle Davis, chairman of the African-American Voters Research and Education Committee; former Redington Beach mayor Ramona Updegraff; county Judge Patrick Caddell, who sits on the county canvassing board; Muslim Gadiwalla, chief information officer for the city of St. Petersburg; and St. Petersburg resident Lois Crittenden, who has worked as a poll worker for at least 16 elections.

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