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Judge to Jennings: Slow down

Circuit Judge William J. Gary just told Democrat Christine Jennings that he wouldn't expedite her legal challenge to inspect the voting machines and documents of Sarasota County, where more than 18,380 undervotes were cast in the 13th Congressional District race. The undervotes played a role in Republican Vern Buchanan's certified win by 369 votes.

"Your request for everything to take place tomorrow is totally out of order," Gary said of the Jennings team's request for records from the Secretary of State's Office and Sarasota County Elections Supervisor Kathy Dent.

Gary denied Jenning's request to independently test the touchscreen voting machines before the Secretary of State's office conducts its examination of the machines. He also denied her motion for the source code of the iVotronic voting machines until he hears more from the manufacturer, Election Systems & Software, which was not named in the suit.

The source code is privileged information shielded from public records law, but Jennings lawyer Kendall Coffey, of 2000 recount fame, said her computer experts must review it to make sure there are no bugs in the software.

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