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Maybe Christine Jennings will show up

Voters and election officials can weigh in on the 2006 election at a public hearing held by the Ethics and Elections committee of the Florida Senate from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"We have made incredible strides in this state to improve the voting process, but we can always do better,'' said the commitee's chairman, Sen. Lee Constantine a Republican from Altamonte Springs.

Tell that to Democratic congressional candidate Christine Jennings, who went to court after losing to Republican Vern Buchanan by less than 400 votes. More than 18,000 ballots registered no vote in the southwest Florida race to replace Katherine Harris.

Jennings' legal battle and other revelations of problems with touchscreen machines are fueling demand for a paper trail.

The meeting will be broadcast live statewide on the Florida Channel, a service of WFSU-TV and the Florida Legislature. Voters can send comments to the committee at 2006election@flsenate.gov or 404 South Monroe St., 420 Knott Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100.

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