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Maryland will abandon the touch-screen voting machines that have sparked years of protests and replace the system with devices that permit a manual recount.
Maryland purchased the machines in the wake of the 2000 Florida election. They have been criticized as unreliable and susceptible to tampering.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed $6.8 million to buy optical-scan machines which read paper ballots filled in by voters with pencil or pen.
But the new machines will not be available until 2010.
Election reform advocates praised the move, saying voters currently have no guarantee that their ballots would be properly counted by the state's ATM-style machines, which were manufactured by Diebold Inc.
Maryland was among the first states to move to a paperless, electronic system after the voting dispute in Florida during the 2000 election, when Congress encouraged states to move away from "butterfly" and punch-card ballots.
But new worries arose about the touch-screen electronic systems that are easier for voters to use but that computer scientists say could be tampered with or hacked.