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Friday November 05, 2004

Wired News: “House Dems Seek Election Inquiry”

Filed under: — Joseph Lorenzo Hall @ 8:31 pm UTC

From Kim at Wired News, “House Dems Seek Election Inquiry”:

Three congressmen sent a letter to the General Accounting Office on Friday requesting an investigation into irregularities with voting machines used in Tuesday’s elections.

The congressmen, Democratic members of the House of Representatives from Florida, New York and Michigan, cited a number of incidents that came to light in the days after the election. One was a glitch in Ohio that caused a memory card reader made by Danaher Controls to give George W. Bush 3,893 more votes than he should have received. Another was a problem with memory cards in North Carolina that caused machines made by UniLect to lose 4,500 votes cast on e-voting machines. The votes were lost when the number of votes cast on the machines exceeded the capacity of the memory cards.


In their letter, representatives John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler of New York and Robert Wexler of Florida asked the GAO to “immediately undertake an investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to difficulties they encountered and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration.”


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  1. Now it’s up to six congressmen. NC Rep Mel Watt is one of them …

    Comment by Joe Murphy — Tuesday November 09, 2004 @ 11:18 pm UTC

  2. Who is in charge of calibrating optical scanners so that votes are counted accurately? And what is the calibration procedure? Before the election, does someone feed the machine one Bush vote and one Kerry vote then examine what the optical scanner recorded? What if the ballot has the order of names reversed then the one each ballot will not detect the flaw, right? Can the optical scanner software be rigged to take 2 or 3 of every 100 Kerry votes and record them as Bush votes? ABC News ran a story about a heavily Democratic county in Florida in which the great majority of votes go to the Republican candidate and it has been that way for several election cycles. Someone needs to check that all voting machines can be calibrated and made tamper proof. Bush won the 2004 election by 3% of the popular vote which is still such a small margin easily by voting machine tampering and no one would be the wiser.

    Comment by Victor Berry — Wednesday November 10, 2004 @ 9:58 pm UTC

  3. I find it amazing that in the Australian media there have been no stories about this subject.
    Only 2 before the election - on SBS the multicultural channel, and Two - the national network funded by the government.

    Comment by david klien — Thursday November 25, 2004 @ 6:25 am UTC

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