this letter today.
(from Randi Rhodes' site)
November 5, 2004
The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the United States
U.S. General Accountability Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548
Dear Mr. Walker:
We write with an urgent request that the Government Accountability
Office 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
In particular, we are extremely troubled by the following reports,
which we would also request that you review and evaluate for us:
In Columbus, Ohio, an electronic voting system gave President Bush
nearly 4,000 extra votes. "Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio
Votes," Associated Press, November 5.
An electronic tally of a South Florida gambling ballot initiative
failed to record thousands of votes. "South Florida OKs Slot Machines
In one North Carolina county, more than 4,500 votes were lost because
officials mistakenly believed a computer that stored ballots could
hold more data that it did. "Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio
In San Francisco, a glitch occurred with voting machines software
that resulted in some votes being left uncounted. Id.
In Florida, there was a substantial drop off in Democratic votes in
proportion to voter registration in counties utilizing optical scan
machines that was apparently not present in counties using other
The House Judiciary Committee Democratic staff has received numerous
reports from Youngstown, Ohio that voters who attempted to cast a
vote for John Kerry on electronic voting machines saw that their
votes were instead recorded as votes for George W. Bush. In South
Florida, Congressman Wexler's staff received numerous reports from
voters in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties that they attempted
to select John Kerry but George Bush appeared on the screen. CNN has
reported that a dozen voters in six states, particularly Democrats in
Florida, reported similar problems. This was among over one thousand
such problems reported. "Touchscreen Voting Problems Reported,"
Associated Press, November 5.
Excessively long lines were a frequent problem throughout the nation
in Democratic precincts, particularly in Florida and Ohio. In one
Ohio voting precinct serving students from Kenyon College, some
voters were required to wait more than eight hours to vote. "All Eyes
on Ohio," Dan Lothian, CNN, November 3,
We are literally receiving additional reports every minute and will
transmit additional information as it comes available. The essence of
democracy is the confidence of the electorate in the accuracy of
voting methods and the fairness of voting procedures. In 2000, that
confidence suffered terribly, and we fear that such a blow to our
democracy may have occurred in 2004.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this inquiry.
John Conyers, Jr. Jerrold Nadler Robert Wexler
Ranking Member Ranking Member Member of Congress
House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution
cc: Hon. F. James Sensenbrenner