Something's rotten in the state of Denmark

Thursday, November 18, 2004

BREAKING NEWS: Hout/Berkeley Report Available Online!

Here it is! Scroll down to under "voting," entitled, "The Effect of Electronic Voting Machines on Change in Support for Bush in the 2004 Florida Elections by Michael Hout, Laura Mangels, Jennifer Carlson, and Rachel Best."

I haven't read it in detail yet, but it's clear: this is not about Dixiecrats. The summary highlights the following:

- Irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 excess votes or more to President George W. Bush in Florida.

- Compared to counties with paper ballots, counties with electronic voting machines were significantly more likely to show increases in support for President Bush between 2000 and 2004. This effect cannot be explained by differences between counties in income, number of voters, change in voter turnout, or size of Hispanic/Latino population.

- In Broward County alone, President Bush appears to have received approximately 72,000 excess votes.

- We can be 99.9% sure that these effects are not attributable to chance.

Like I've seen saying from the beginning: forget about the Panhandle. The real vat of cat urine is the situation in South Florida.

I'm going to withhold further comment until I've had a chance to read the report. But make no mistake: this is very big.