The American Civil Liberties Union and voting rights groups won a key victory in Florida on August 27 when an administrative law judge in Tallahassee struck down a new state rule that banned manual recounts in counties that used touch screen voting machines. Since the two leading makers of touch screen voting don’t provide paper trails, their machines make it impossible to have a recount. Florida state officials claimed that since the e-voting machines lack the capacity to determine “the voter intent” in close races, there was no need to allow for recounts with the error-prone machines.