Thursday, November 4, 2004

Election validity concerns

UPDATE [November 10, 2004] salon.com has an article today examining most of these issues, and finding good and simple explanations for all of them. Salon.com is not the kind of organization that would whitewash over issues, but revels in digging up dirt. The explanations they offer are good to my eye.

Was the election stolen?

The system is clearly broken. But there is no evidence that Bush won because of voter fraud.

BLACK BOX VOTING (web site, book) bills itself as "Consumer protection for elections". As the site says:

Voting without auditing. (Are we insane?)

In other words, we hold a vote, then do not double-check whether the vote was tampered with. I find the idea compelling, especially with what she reports in a pilot study:

Such a request [ed- freedom of information act] filed in King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following the primary election six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log containing a three-hour deletion on election night; “trouble slips