"She admitted that she doesn't like the equipment"

Poll worker fired over touch-screen voting comment

Staff Writer

A New Smyrna Beach voting equipment inspector picked the wrong place to express her views about controversial new touch-screen voting machines being used for the first time in Volusia County.

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall has fired 76-year-old Drusilla Synal, a poll worker for more than a decade, for opposing the use of the touch-screen machines as she cast her ballot during an early voting session Aug. 23 at the city’s library.

Critics say the machines are prone to tampering because they leave no paper record of the vote.

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