Crossed Wires and Banana Republicans

Florida's Republicans are getting mixed signals about November. Governor Jeb Bush "has tried for months to persuade Florida voters touch-screen [electronic] voting machines are reliable." But the state GOP party is circulating a flier that reads, in part, "The new electronic voting machines do not have a paper ballot to verify your vote in case of a recount. Make sure your vote counts. Order your absentee ballot today." Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County elections officials are "very pleased" that they found a compact disk containing the votes cast on e-voting machines in the 2002 gubernatorial primary; the information had been reported lost.