Court throws out judgment against voting machines

By the Associated Press | October 3, 2011 | 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling that could have halted the use of a certain electronic voting machine in Texas.

The high court without comment vacated a ruling against Dallas County, Texas. That county was sued by the Texas Democratic Party over the use of iVotronic machines.

They allow people to vote straight-party tickets, but if the voter subsequently touches any of the candidates in that party on the screen, their vote for that person is rescinded.

Officials say the Justice Department approved the machines, but federal courts in Texas say the straight-line voting change was not explicitly approved.

Before machines, Dallas County used paper ballots. If a voter selected a straight ticket, and that party's candidate, their vote for that candidate would count.