Hill & Knowlton Gets Out the (Lost) Vote

The Hill & Knowlton PR firm "is working to allay any voters' concerns in Florida's fourth largest county amid reports that votes were not counted by new electronic balloting machines in an August primary." The firm's $160,000 contract with Hillsborough County includes promoting e-voting machines and encouraging "voters to turn out and cast ballots." Hill & Knowlton is also helping Republican elections supervisor Buddy Johnson address "revelations that 245 votes were 'lost' in a close primary race which was decided by 130 votes." The votes weren't counted because a poll worker had left the e-voting machine in "test" mode.