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Sen. Stewart has questions about $25 million for paper trail ballots
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State Sen. Eric Stewart wants to know what has happened to $25 million in federal funds earmarked to provide paper ballots for elections after a movement to repeal the law which would have provided a paper trail for all elections.“I would like to know where the $25 million is,” Stewart said this week, noting the money could be used to help individual counties offset the cost of changing over to the machines needed to read the paper ballots required under the Voter Confidence Act passed a few years ago. Stewart said he is opposing a move to repeal the act which was supposed to have gone into effect in 2010. It has since been delayed until 2012 and there is now a movement to repeal the act given an outcry from numerous election officials who say it would make millions of dollars of investments in voting machines.