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||Officials Urge Election Reform H- Revu010204 A10a
||Secretaries Of State Recommends010206 A9a
||Oregons Recounts A10a001120 W S J
||Los Angeles Times Site Search Results
||Florida Problems Long Noted Cost-001212 Star Trib
||Selma Musical Voting Booths Notes
||Tainted Returns Fraud A1f001219 W S J
||Vote2000 View From Abroad A1a001221 W S J
||Systemic Fraud Wide Spread A1a001222 W S J
||Election Revisions St010206 Assoc Prs
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||Updating Voting Machinesa1010215 U S A Today
||Updating Voting Machinesa2a010215 U S A Today
||Updating Voting Machinesa2b010215 U S A Today
||Blindto Voter Fraud010329 W S J
||Voting Machine Lag
- The chairman of the nation's largest voting-equipment
company says delays in Congress and state capitals have cost the nation its
chance of replacing all antiquated punch-card voting machines in time for
the 2004 presidential election.
||Human Factor Vote Fiasco
- In fact, 18 of the state's 67 counties never recounted the ballots
at all. They simply checked their original results. To this day, more than
1.58 million votes have not been counted a second time.
- A confounding array of vague laws, arbitrary local decisions and
erratic leadership by Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris's office
resulted in turmoil across the state -- from the way voters were treated
to how ballots were designed and counted
- less to machines than to people.
- Many counties used sophisticated voting equipment designed to catch
ballot errors -- but two decided simply to switch off the mechanisms.
- Five Supreme Court justices halted the hand recount of Florida ballots
on Dec. 12, declaring that standards varied so widely that voters would be
denied a "fundamental right" to equal treatment.
- The secretary of state's first duty, as specified in Florida's 122-page
voting law, is to "maintain uniformity" in the conduct of elections. But
in a state in which authority to run elections is divided between Tallahassee
and 67 county elections supervisors, that was easier said than
- The supervisors -- all but one of them elected by popular vote --
are so famous for their independence that a post-election report by the Florida
Senate asserted that some "often intentionally disregard" election laws.
The rest of the time, they made individual decisions as they saw
- Setting out to cull felons from voting rolls, for example, the elections
division delivered to the counties lists of "probable" felons that contained
thousands of names of non-felons. Some county supervisors used the lists
to expunge voters, but others discarded them. The state did nothing to reconcile
- Harris replied that no supervisors complained to her personally.
She testified that her 39-person staff had no authority to command county
officials, that she was not involved in the division's daily management and
knew little about its work.
- Bryant said she chose not to print Spanish ballots because of the
expense and hassle, and because "we haven't been ordered by the U.S. Justice
Department." U.S. officials say many counties print ballots in Spanish without
- The Florida ballot proved confusing to plenty of English speakers
as well. Whether it was the Palm Beach butterfly ballot or the "wraparound"
ballots that spread the presidential candidates across two columns, voters
by the thousands cast votes for two candidates, invalidating their
- Less well-known, however, is the role of the secretary of state's
office in developing a ballot that some voters found to be confusing. Florida
law requires the office to dispatch "the format of the ballot" to all 67
supervisors of elections. The wraparound version sent by Harris's staff featured
the 10-candidate presidential race stretched across two columns.
- haphazard operation of the state's motor-voter laws,
- "Optical-scan ballot design offers voters so many opportunities to
vote improperly that they are limited only by their own imaginations," the
Florida Senate said in its March report. Thousands of ballots went uncounted,
for example, when voters erred by making a circle or a check mark next to
the candidate's name, or used their own pens with the wrong color ink.
- rescued by machines programmed to reject such ballots
and give voters a second chance
- As many as 120,000 Florida ballots could have been corrected by voters
if every county had employed modern machines with second-chance technology.
- elections officials routinely made judgments about voter
intent at several stages in the election process.
- six days
after the Election Day deadline. He knew the presidential race was undecided
and he wanted Bush to win. Records show that Duval County included his vote
in its results.
- while others tallied ballots that lacked postmarks or
failed to meet other requirements.
- At least 17 ballots examined by The Post in four north Florida counties
were counted despite bearing postmarks dated after Nov. 7. Scores more were
counted after arriving without postmarks in elections offices between Nov.
8 and Nov. 17, the deadline for overseas absentee ballots to be
- When elections officers opened the envelopes on Nov. 17, lawyers
for George W. Bush said it was unfair to enforce the technicalities of state
law against America's fighting men and women. Under pressure, Democrats decided
not to challenge ballots that lacked required features.
- The result was a rout of the Democrats in the northern counties,
where Bush picked up 176 votes that lacked postmarks and other required
- He showed them the place on the pre-printed mailing labels that
identified the voters' party identification. Contrary to standards of fairness,
elections officials in Manatee and Okaloosa counties knew voters' political
affiliation before deciding whether their votes would count.
||Fla Vote Discriminatory
||States Sift Vote Records