<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Did voting machines rig the election?

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Did voting machines rig the election?

According to exit poll numbers for Florida and Ohio (which together decided the election), more people voted for Kerry than for Bush. Yet Bush supposedly won the race in both states. Did the voting machines trump exit polls?

Black Box Voting (blackboxvoting.org), a nonprofit group dedicated to exposing and eradicating fraud in the use of electronic voting machines, plans to find out. They're conducting the largest Freedom of Information action in history, seeking to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from 3,000 individual counties and townships.

Among the first requests they sent to counties (with all kinds of voting systems--optical scan, touch-screen, and punch card) is a formal records request for internal audit logs, polling place results slips, modem transmission logs, and computer trouble slips.

We'll keep you posted as the results of their actions trickle in. Meanwhile, go to http://www.blackboxvoting.org/#foia and donate money...Freedom of Information requests aren't, ironically, free.

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