A lot of people have been discussing possible fraud in the 2004 presidential election. I’m waiting to see more evidence, but in the meantime, here’s a sampling of what I’ve heard:
My cousin emailed me a message from the group stoplfas. Part of it reads, "To put the focus where it belongs, there seems to be a definite pattern that in the states using paper ballots, i.e. a hard copy that can be recounted, the differences between the exit polls and the vote tallies are within the margin of error that might be expected. In the states using machine voting without a paper trail, the differences between the exit polls and the vote tally are outside the margin of error and the machines consistently deliver a higher percentage of the vote to Bush than the exit polls, some times by as much as 7%."
Here’s a quote from Common Cause, forwarded from the Minnesota Nader campaign: "In Columbus, Ohio, an electronic voting system reported that Bush received 4,258 votes while Kerry received 260 votes in a precinct where records show only 638 voters cast ballots."
The Nader national campaign recently released a statement with included the following: "In our view, election 2004 is not over because of concession speeches. Rather, elections are over when every vote is counted and certified. In the last few days voting rights activists around the country have sent more than 1500 faxes urging this campaign to challenge electronic voting results because they have identified trouble spots in several states requiring further investigation. On Friday, we were the only presidential campaign to file a request for a hand recount in New Hampshire, the state with the first recount deadline. We are now looking at Ohio and Florida, whose deadlines are coming up this week. We have also written to all the states where write-in votes are still being counted to make sure that no votes are discarded. And today Ralph Nader challenged John Kerry and John Edwards to follow through on their promises before and after the election to make sure every vote counts, starting in Ohio."
Here are some additional links:http://www.indyvoter.org/http://www.nov3.us/http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804A.shtml
See also my "2008" post which has some comments from Sheryl and Ted. Ted lives in Ohio.