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Americans want vote system overhauled — to an extent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Americans think their voting system needs a technological overhaul but draw the line at voting on the Internet, a new study released Tuesday showed.

According to the report, 69 percent of the 1,000 Americans surveyed in early March believed using new technologies for voting would produce more accurate results. An almost equal number — 61 percent — said they would approve tax dollars if it was used to improve the existing voting system.

The outcome of the 2000 presidential election was delayed for a month by voting discrepancies, forced recounts and court battles over ballots in Florida.

"Clearly, the American public wants to see their states and communities modernize voting technologies," said Harris Miller, president of Information Technology Association of America, which sponsored the survey with Unisys Corp.

Just one-third of the people surveyed, most of them between the ages of 18 and 24, thought the Web should be used for voting.