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Florida judge rules against Democrat in disputed election

Florida judge rules against Democrat in disputed election

A judge ruled Friday the Democrat who narrowly lost the race to succeed U.S. Representative Katherine Harris in Congress cannot examine the programming code of the electronic voting machines used in the disputed election, saying Christine Jennings' arguments about the possibility of lost votes were "conjecture."
Circuit Judge William Gary ruled Jennings' arguments did not warrant disclosing the trade secrets of the voting machine company, Election Systems & Software.
The Jennings campaign said it will appeal.
"It's shocking that there is more concern for protecting a company's profits rather than protecting our right to vote," Jennings said in a statement.
State officials have declared Republican Vern Buchanan the winner by 369 votes. But 18,000 electronic ballots showed no votes cast in the House race, and Jennings contends the machines lost the votes.
The state found no evidence of malfunctions.
Jennings has filed a complaint with Congress, the ultimate arbiter of who will fill the seat. Congressional Democrats said they will allow Buchanan to take his seat when the House convenes Thursday but will investigate.