Something's rotten in the state of Denmark

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

More on the General Accounting Office inquiry

While Congressman Conyers seems to have not updated his "press release" portion of his website since 2002, Congressman Nadler now has a GAO Election Inquiry section of his website -- "where you can sign up for email updates on voting rights and the integrity of our democratic elections."

You can also read the second letter that the Congressmen sent, dated November 8. Here, Congressmen Conyers, Nadler, and Wexler are also joined by Representatives Rush Holt of New Jersey, Robert Scott of Virginia (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security), and Melvin Watt (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law).

In the letter, the Representatives note that they have enclosed more than 265 specific complaints -- apparently drawn from the Voters Unite site.

The complaints they mention in the letter include the Sarper County, Nebraska, glitch where a computer problem doubled the votes in half the county's precincts, adding 3000 phantom votes to the totals.

Or Guilford County, North Carolina, where the tabulation computer threw numbers away; retallying changed two outcomes and awarded an additional 22,000 to John Kerry.

In Broward County, Florida, at least 21 voting machines malfunctioned and were replaced. Most of them had already been used by voters.

They mention the Warren County lock-down. And the story of the boxes of absenttee ballots in Broward County that remained uncounted.

To the Congressional representatives' credit, they do not waste their time with the "why were Democrats in Florida voting for Republicans" theories or the aberrations in exit polls concerns. Their focus is on actual instances and events where things clearly went wrong. And they are also pressing for immediate action -- in their closing paragraph, the Representatives note that "much of the primary evidence needed to evaluate these allegations will not be preserved without immediate action."