Tuesday, December 07, 2004

election oddities roundup

I said a few days ago that I would supply a list of some of the more interesting oddities from the U.S. 2004 election. Well, here they are:

A nice review of the whole fraud issue.

A fascinating study of North Carolina oddities, which has received far less attention than I think it deserves.

A formal list of queries on abnormalities in Ohio.

Most recently, a sworn affidavit from a computer programmer claiming he was hired to write vote rigging software for a Florida Republican.

And, finally, a skeptical opinion from a leading progressive magazine, which at least takes the claims somewhat seriously rather than just ignoring or mocking them as many media reports have done.

I'm still 50/50 on vote fraud, keeping an open mind. I think it is certainly worth looking into, and the evidence so far is at least suggestive of some fishy things going on. Whether it will all amount to large-scale fraud that changed election outcomes remains to be seen, but that's just the point: it remains to be seen. Shouldn't every American citizen want to see this whole thing investigated more thoroughly?


Ambivalent_Maybe said...

While I'm probably 70/30 that there was no appreciable vote fraud in the presidential election, I'm still puzzled by the lack of curiosity, at least, among the media and voting public about the various anomalies reported. It's a sign, I think, of how complacent Americans have become about their government, and how obedient we have become to authority.

Ambivalent_Maybe said...

To add to the voting fraud reading list, a summary of various disenfranchisement efforts from People for the American Way: http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/dfiles/file_476.pdf